Horse trainer legend dies

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The racing world is in mourning after Red Rum trainer Ginger McCain dies at 80.

Ginger, real name Donald was best known for training Red Rum who won the Grand National three times in the 1970’s.

His son also named Donald took over from his father in 2006 and followed in his footsteps by training Ballabriggs, the 2011 Aintree winner.

Ginger died peacefully in his sleep this morning after a short illness.

Jockey Mick Fitzgerald paid tribute to McCain, he said ‘I’m very saddened, he leaves legacy and every time you think of the Grand National, you think of Ginger, he was the National to be honest.’

‘He was a great ambassador for our sport and racing needs characters like him.’

Red Rum had a brilliant record; he had five runs in the National, three victories and two seconds.

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