Tuesday 17 October 2017

Red Rum jockey Fletcher dies

Brian Fletcher riding Red Rum in the Grand National Steeplechase in 1973 Photo: PA/PA Wire
Brian Fletcher riding Red Rum in the Grand National Steeplechase in 1973 Photo: PA/PA Wire
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Brian Fletcher, who rode three winners of the Grand National including two on Red Rum, has died, aged 69.

Fletcher first came to prominence at Aintree when he steered Red Alligator to third in the famous renewal won by Foinavon in 1967, when just a 19-year-old.

He made no mistake the following year on the Denys Smith-trained Red Alligator and went on to become part of Aintree folklore for his wins on Ginger McCain's Red Rum in 1973 and '74.

He also rode McCain's stable star to victory in the Scottish National in '74, but it was Tommy Stack who was aboard for the horse's historic third Aintree success in 1977.

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