Red Rum - Triple Grand national Winner

Early Years

Born to Quorum and sired by Mared, Red Rum was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland in May 1965. He was named by his owner Martyn McEnery who took the last three letters of each of Red Rums parents names and merged them together.

He was originally bred to run short races up to a mile in distance and in his early years was successful at both 5 furlongs and 7 furlongs.

When Red Rum left his Ireland home he ended up at Southport where he had been bought by Ginger McCain (who at the time was a car dealer) for his client Noel le Mare. McCain used to train him on Southport beach, finishing his training with a swim in the sea.

Grand National Years

In 1973 Red Rum beat the Australian Horse “Crisp” in a record time of nine minutes and 1.9 seconds. Crisp was the heavier horse, carrying an extra 23 pounds over Red Rum. This was to cost him as, 15 lengths in front at the last, Red Rum managed to pull the lead in under the jockey Brian Fletcher. Two strides from the finishing post and Red Rum manged to overhaul Crisp and win by three quarters of a length.

Red Rum retained his title a year later in 1974, when he ran carrying 12 stone. He also won the Scottish Grand National that year and remains the only horse to have won both those races in one season.

Although he didnt win either the 1975 or 1976 Grand Nationals, Red Rum finished second in both of them. However, the year after in 1977 the now 12 year old Red Rum was victorious again.

Red Rum was trained and primed to run in the 1978 Grand National, but suffered a hairline fracture in training. He was retired the day before the race.

Red Rum passed away in October 1995 aged 30 and his death made front page news. He is buried at the winning post of the Aintree Racecourse where he made him name and an epitaph there reads

“Respect this place, this hallowed ground, A legend here, his rest has found. His feet would fly, our sprits soar, he earned our love for evermore.”