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Miinnehoma passes away, Ponterfact race in jeopardy

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Miinnehoma has died at the age of 29, according to trainer David Pipe. The gelding was the winner of the 1994 Grand National and was 11 years old when he won the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree. He was trained at Nicholashayne stables and mounted by jockey Richard Dunwoody.

Miinnehoma raced from 1989 to 1996 and won 11 of his 25 starts including the 1992 Sun Alliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

In other horse racing news, Tuesday afternoon's meeting at Pontefract is in jeopardy due to persistent rainfall. Clerk of the course Richard Hammill will conduct an 11 a.m. inspection to determine if the meeting will continue as originally scheduled.

Heavy rainfall has pounded the track since the weekend. Hammill told attheraces.com: “The forecast was for light rain up until lunch time before the heavy stuff set in, but it is absolutely belting down already. Once again the forecasters have got it wrong. We are just about raceable at present but we'll keep everyone posted.”

It appears rain will continue to pound parts of England this week. According to the Met Office’s Tuesday weather forecast: “Persistent rain over parts of Scotland continuing, with eastern England also seeing occasionally heavy evening showers. Elsewhere, showers should ease for a time before re-developing later in the night.”

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