2nd April 1977: Red Rum wins an unprecedented third Grand National horse race
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2nd April 1977: Red Rum wins an unprecedented third Grand National horse race

September 6, 2019


Hello, and welcome to HistoryPod. On 2nd April 1977 the racehorse Red Rum won
an historic third Grand National at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The Grand National is an annual steeplechase
that has been run since 1839, except for a brief interruption during the Second World
War when Aintree Racecourse was commandeered for use by the army. Regarded as one of the hardest horse races
in the world, the Grand National has been known to tempt even the most reluctant of
Britain’s gamblers. The thoroughbred horse Red Rum had secured
a number of wins in his early career before being bought by trainer Ginger McCain on behalf
of Noel le Mare. Discovering that the horse had a hoof condition
that threatened his ability to run, McCain took to training Red Rum on the beach at the
seaside town of Southport where it is alleged the salt water helped to resolve the problem. Red Rum ran his first Grand National in 1973,
ridden by jockey Brian Fletcher. Having trailed the Australian horse Crisp
for most of the race, Red Rum gained ground on the final straight and secured the win
by three-quarters of a length. Red Rum returned to Aintree the following
year where he again won the Grand National. The next two years saw Red Rum beaten to second
place but, on 2 April 1977, the horse once again secured the winning position in Britain’s
most famous horse race. At twelve years old many people had doubted
whether Red Rum was capable of even finishing the race, let alone win it. Red Rum’s third and final Grand National
victory secured his place as the most successful horse in the race’s history. He was retired from racing the following year, but remains the most famous name in British horse racing.

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