Red Rum's trainer Ginger McCain dies

September 20, 2011

British racehorse trainer Ginger McCain, who won Aintree's Grand National three times with steeplechasing legend Red Rum, has died.


Red Rum and trainer Ginger McCain. In 1977, at 12 years of age, Red Rum won his third Grand National by 25 lengths under top weight of 11st 8lbs having finished second the previous two years. Red Rum died, aged 30, in 1995 and is buried by the winning post at Aintree.
McCain, a former taxi-driver, died in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 80, only two days short of his 81st birthday.

In 1972 he talked Noel Le Mare into buying Red Rum for 6000 guineas. The horse had been diagnosed with pedalostitis, but McCain trained him on Southport beach, and Red Tum thrived. Later that season he won six of his nine races, and in 1973 he defeated Crisp for his first Grand National victory. He won again the following year, and also won the Scottish Grand National three weeks later.

Red Rum finished second in both 1975 and 1976, and won again in 1977. He died in 1995.

Donald "Ginger" McCain was born in Southport on September 20, 1930. He got his first permit to train in 1953, and trained his first winner in 1965. He won the Grand National a fourth time, in 2003. with Amberleigh House. In April this year, Ballabriggs won the Grand National for Ginger's son, Donald McCain.

Ginger's wife, Beryl, said there would be a private family funeral followed by a later memorial service.

"Joanne, Donald Jnr and I appreciate all the kindness we are being shown and, at this difficult time, would appreciate it if we were afforded some privacy," she said.