Lord Gyllene was foaled in 1988 in New Zealand, and was purchased by racecourse owner Stan Clarke and sent to Steve Brookshaw for a career in Britain.

It all came together for Lord Gyllene’s in 1997 in the Grand National when he claimed a famous pillar to post triumph. The 150th running of the race had previously been postponed following an IRA bomb threat on the Saturday, but after a massive security operation it went ahead, 48 hours later, on the Monday.

And when it did jockey Tony Dobbin sent Lord Gyllene, a New Zealand-bred nine-year-old, into the lead as soon as the tapes went up and they proceeded to dominate a race winning by a massive 25 lengths.