Aintree racecourse has announced this week that it intends to honour the memory of the late Ginger McCain with a bronze bust of the legendary trainer.
Ginger McCain died in September aged 80, since his death racing fans have been calling for a memorial to the merseyside trainer who won four Grand Nationals. Ginger won the race three times in the 1970s with Red Rum and also with Amberleigh House in 2004.
Ginger’s son Donald McCain Jr recently emulated his father by training the 2011 National winner Ballabriggs. The McCain family are said to be delighted with the idea of a Bronze Bust. Son Donald said “When Aintree discussed the idea with us, we were thrilled that they had chosen to commemorate Dad’s achievements with a bronze portrait bust”
The sculptor charged with the task of producing the bust is Nigel Boonham, Nigel said: “When I was asked to make a portrait bust of Ginger McCain, I was immediately struck by what a marvellous, expressive, sculptural face he had, which is always an exciting start.
It is hoped that the bust will be completed in time for the 2012 Grand National. McCain’s bronze will overlook the Aintree parade ring, not far from the life size bronze of Red Rum – It’s fitting that the two will once again be reunited at the scene of their greatest achievement.