No horse has a better record in the Grand National than Red Rum and this is where the legend began.
Trained by Ginger McCain on Southport Beach, his gutsy determination and love of the Aintree track would go on to catch the imagination of the public and make him one of the most popular racehorses in history.
He won the race three times and finished second on his other two appearances in the National. ‘Rummy’ actually started his career running in five furlong Flat races as a two year old and was ridden by Lester Piggott, but soon went on to run over fences.
In 1973 he lined up as an eight year old with jockey Brian Fletcher on board as 9-1 joint favourite with Australian steeplechaser Crisp.
Top weight in the race, Crisp led from the start and built up what looked like being an unassailable 20 length lead.
But Red Rum – often referred to as ‘The People’s Horse’ - had other ideas and, after clearing the last, proved the stronger of the two on the run-in to take the spoils in the final strides of an epic battle.