Sunday, 11 March 2018

Greatest Horses - Red Rum

Red Rum was a bay racehorse and a 3 times winner of the Grand National - which has never been repeated.  

Red Rum, also known as 'Rummie' was born in May 1965, bred by Martyn McEnery in Ireland.   His sire was Quorum and his dam Mared.  As a 2 year old his first race was at Aintree and it ended with him in a dead heat for first.  The same year he won at Warwick.  1968 he won at Doncaster.

Rummie was  sold on because of his mixed performances.  He was also suffering from pedal ostitis (a bone disease).

Red Rum was then bought at 7 yrs for Noel le Mare, he was sent to the trainer Donald McCain (known as 'Ginger').  Taking Red Rum into the sea on a regular basis improved his foot issues and kept him sound to race.    

In 1973 he won the Grand National at Aintree.  He came from 30 lengths behind.

1974 and he won the Grand National again and won the Scottish National but was 2nd in the Hennessy Gold  Cup at Newbury

1975 2nd in the Grand National

1976 2nd in the Grand National

1977 saw him win again!

In 1978 the night before the Grand National he was found to be lame, he didn't run, a hairline fracture was found and he was retired from racing.
Red Rum loved all the attention he got, he made many appearances in public and on the TV.  He led the parade at Aintree until his death.  He never fell in a race although a jockey did come off.

He died age 30 in 1995 and a statue in his honour can be found at Aintree.  He was buried there, facing the winning post!

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