TRIBUTES are paid after death of Red Rum’s trainer McCain Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain, one of Britain's most respected horseracing trainers, has died at the age of 80 today.
McCain, who had been suffering from cancer, was best known for his association with three-times Grand National winner Red Rum.
He enjoyed a fourth victory at Aintree when he trained 2004 winner Amberleigh House.
The news was greeted with sadness by the horse racing world, with 1996 Grand National-winning jockey |Mick Fitzgerald summing up McCain's standing in the sport.
“It's very sad to hear the news. |He leaves a legacy. Everytime you think of the Grand National, you think of Ginger. He was the National, to be honest,” Fitzgerald said.
Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls added: “Ginger will be |sorely missed. He knew his horses very well, he had an affinity with Aintree and he knew what it took to win the big race. He was a top man with horses from the Grand National.
“Legend is the right name for him.”
After retiring in 2006 McCain handed over the reins to his son Donald, who trained this year's Grand National winner, Ballabriggs.
McCain began his training career as a permit holder in 1953 and took out a full licence in 1969 when his stables were behind his car showroom in Southport.
He worked as a taxi driver to supplement his income as a trainer prior to finding Grand National success.