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Red Rum trainer McCain dies at 80

Champion jockey Tony McCoy has described Ginger McCain - who yesterday aged 80 after a short illness - as an "Aintree legend".

McCain, affectionately known as Mr Grand National, made racing history by saddling Red Rum to win the great race three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977.

He added a fourth towards the end of his career with Amberleigh House in 2004.

McCoy knows better than most how difficult it is to win the Grand National, having finally got off the mark in the world's most famous steeplechase at the 15th attempt on Don't Push It in 2010.

"What he achieved with Red Rum was amazing. I know how difficult it is to win one Grand National and it looks impossible to win two," said the Moneyglass jockey. "For him to train the same horse to win the race three times, that is an achievement that won't be matched in a long, long time.

"All records are there to be broken, of course, but that is one that is going to take some beating. Red Rum is one of the most famous horses of all time. For him to then train Amberleigh House to win does the man even more justice and his name will always be synonymous with Aintree - he's an Aintree legend."

McCain and his wife Beryl had a daughter Joanne and a son Donald.

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