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Before Ginger moved to Cholmondeley in Cheshire and handed over the reins to his son Donald, he used to train in Southport on the beach and the stables were set in an Old Brewery Yard which just happened to be Cobbled, (or at least it was until some Irish woman decided to concrete it while the owners were away) – hence ‘The Old Cobbled Yard.

As you may have gathered by now this site is about horses (mainly Racehorses). The star here is Triple Grand National Winner Red Rum. Having worked for 'Ginger' I also have a bit of interest in how todays - Donald and Team McCain - are doing. There is a huge diference between the Team that I worked with to how things are nowadays but the one thing that will never have changed is the fact that the people that look after the horses, really love them otherwise they wouldn't be in the job.

As well as Red Rum and Team McCain, there is a whole lot of horses on here and hopefully I shall keep up with the work.

If you can help with articles or pictures please get in touch Thank You.


RED RUM - During the 1972/73 National Hunt Season Red Rum erupted onto the scene, winning six of his nine races. Although bred as a sprinter on the flat, it was soon apparent that his staying power and remarkable jumping ability made him a contender for the biggest race of all. By the time of the 1973 Grand National he was 9-1 joint favourite, along with the Australian chaser, Crisp.

Crisp, carrying the top weight of 12st, ran away with the race, and at the final fence was 15 lengths ahead of Red Rum in second place. Then, in what is considered one of the most remarkable run-ins in National history, Red Rum, ridden by Brian Fletcher, began to reel in his rapidly tiring rival. Just two strides from the post he passed Crisp to take the first of three National victories.

Twelve months later, Red Rum carried top weight – an extra 23lbs – in the 1974 Grand National – and, like Crisp a year earlier, found himself several lengths clear with the last fence to jump. His challenger was L’Escargot, and for a moment it seemed that Red Rum would be hunted down just as he had hunted down Crisp. But in a display of courage which made him such a popular favourite, he held on to become the first horse to win successive Nationals since Reynoldstown in the 1930s. Three weeks later he shows us just how much courage he had by winning the Scottish Grand National too.

In the 18 months from autumn 1974 to spring 1976 Red Rum ran in 18 chases, and McCain faced a barrage of criticism for racing his star horse too often. Indeed, in the 1975 and 1976 Grand Nationals, Red Rum was unable to see off his principal challenger, finishing second in both years, firstly L’escargot and then in 1976 it was Rag Trade.

As the 1976/77 season got under way Red Rum produced a series of lacklustre performances. Then, in the run-up to the 1977 Grand National, his form perked up. In the big race he completed his hat-trick of victories after Churchtown Boy stumbled at the second last. Red Rum ran home a 25-length winner.

It was a feat that assured his – and his trainer’s – place in racing history. Not only had Red Rum won the Grand National three times, but he had also done so when Aintree was facing uncertainty in the face of plans for property development at the course.


Donald McCain has established himself as the North’s leading trainer since taking over the reins from his father, during the 2006/07 season.

Before taking over from his father Donald had ridden 50 winners as a jockey and then went and spent two and a half years down South working for top flat trainer Luca Cumani.

In the winter he became pupil assistant to top jump trainer Oliver Sherwood and then during the summer he spent time with other top flat trainers to gain more experience which would eventually see him become the Norths Top National Hunt Trainer and three times so far, train more winners than the official National Hunt Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls.

Big race successes include the Grand National, two Fighting Fifth Hurdles, a Scottish Champion Hurdle and more major races at main racecourses like Aintree, Cheltenham and Haydock Park. The Team have also enjoyed notable success on the Flat with Overturn, successful in the Northumberland Plate in 2010 and the Chester Cup in 2011, and Ile De Re, who captured the same two heritage handicaps in 2012.




2006-07 40–366 21  
2007-08 58–432 11  
2008-09 62–483 13  
2009-10 88–534 8  
2010-11 100–588 3  
2011-12 153–717 3 05/06/16 - Witness In Court
2012-13 141–734 6 05/06/16 - Prince Khurram
2013-14 142–775 9 04/06/16 - Stone Quecus 3/10
2014-15 98–687 13 03/06/16 - Five To Fifteen - 5/5
2015-16 53–497 25 01/06/16 - Lyric Street - 2/12
2016-17 10–60 9↓ 01/16/16 - Katie's Hen - 3/6

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