Famous not just in horse racing but across the world, Ginger McCain, the legendary racehorse trainer was celebrated in a memorial service at Liverpool Cathedral on November 15th 2011. McCain, who recently died at the age of 80, trained Red Rum to three victories in the 1970s and enjoyed a fourth success with Amberleigh House in 2004 before he retired and handed his stables over to his son Donald.
The Racing World turned out in force on Tuesday to celebrate his life in the city that made him famous all over the world. Owners, trainers and jockeys past and present thronged Liverpool Cathedral for a service to remember the man who won the Grand National four times and whose exploits with the legendary Red Rum did much to save the race when its popularity was at a low ebb in the 1970s.
Among the 1,000-strong congregation was Tommy Stack, who rode Red Rum to his third victory in 1977 and said: “Ginger was unique because he kept the National alive. He was a very kind man and the way he looked after that horse was a credit to him. To go to Aintree five times and win three times and be second twice will never be done again.”
And the late McCain himself had the perfect rebuttal to those who said all he did was train Red Rum.
“They said I was a one-horse trainer,” he stated in an interview which was replayed during the service. “But what a bloody good job I made of that one horse.”