Ginger McCain life to be celebrated - Aintree

Racehorse trainer Ginger McCain
McCain won the National with Red Rum and Amberleigh House

The memorial service for Grand National legend Ginger McCain will be a celebration of his life, according to an official from Aintree racecourse.

The service will be held at Liverpool Cathedral on Tuesday, 15 November.

Aintree's Emma Owen told BBC Radio Merseyside: "Ginger was a character that was larger than life. He'll be sorely missed here at Aintree.

"People loved seeing him on a race day. He brought the Grand National back to life. His legacy lives forever.

"We're remembering Ginger at a service at Liverpool Cathedral and everyone is welcome to attend. We really want this to be a celebration of his life and what he achieved and all the memories that people have of Ginger over the years."

McCain died on Monday, 19 September at the age of 80 after a period of illness. He trained Red Rum to win the Grand National a record three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977.

His fourth Grand National success came through Amberleigh House in 2004, while his son Donald junior, who took over the training licence in 2006, sent out Ballabriggs to win the 2011 John Smith's Grand National in April.

Owen says racegoers to Aintree's high profile two-day card this weekend will have a chance to pen their own tribute to Ginger.

"We have a book of condolence here at the racecourse and that will remain open for racing on Saturday and Sunday. We'd really love people to come to reception and write a message in our book," she said.

"The book will also be available at the Cathedral on the day of the memorial service."

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