As perhaps the greatest steeplechaser ever, Red Rum is a legend in the United Kingdom and gained fame for his beauty and natural talent.
Red Rum was born on May 3, 1965, to Rossenarra Stud in Kells, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The bay Thoroughbred gelding began his career in racing as a two-year-old. He was bought by Donald (Ginger) McCain in 1972 for 6,000 guineas at the Doncaster sales for client Noel Le Mare.
Red Rum was a special horse with incredible athleticism and a winning spirit, gaining the attention of people all across the United Kingdom and even the world.
Overview of Red Rum’s stats:
|Born:||3 May 1965|
|Died:||1995 (age 17)|
|Owner:||Noel le Mare|
|Race Record:||100: 24-15-23|
Below are 8 interesting things you didn’t know about this one of a kind racehorse.
Red Rum Got His Name From His Parents
Red Rum was out of the sire Quorum and the dam Mared. His breeder, Martyn McEnery, came up with the bay Thoroughbred’s name by combining his parent’s names. He took the last three letters of Mared and the last three letters of Quorum to create the name Red Rum.
Red Rum Originally Was a Sprinter
Before his days as a steeplechaser, Red Rum was a sprinter. He was bred to win one-mile races and that is what he was first trained to do.
Red Rum was passed from training yard to training yard until he found his footing with his new trainer McCain. His owner Le Mare always had the dream of winning the Grand National, so Red Rum began training for his new career in steeplechasing.
Red Rum Is The Only Racehorse Ever to Win the Grand National Three Times
Red Rum made history by becoming the only horse ever to win the Grand National a record three times. His first and most memorable victory was in 1973, followed by wins in 1974 and 1977.
In 1975 and 1976, Red Rum came in second at the Grand National. From 1973 to 1976 he was ridden by jockey Brian Fletcher and then in 1977 by jockey Tommy Stack. In 1978, Red Rum was set to take on the Grand National with the goal of a fourth win, but he suffered a hairline fracture shortly beforehand.
After cantering the track at Aintree, he was retired just one day before the 1978 Grand National, making the late-night news and the top story on the next morning’s paper.
Red Rum Overcame a 30 Length Deficit to win the 1973 Grand National
Red Rum’s first and most exciting win of the Grand National was in 1973. The race was considered one of the greatest in the history of the Grand National.
At one point, Red Rum trailed the lead by 30 lengths, with the Australian horse Crisp thought to be the clear winner. Even after the final fence he was still 15 lengths behind Crisp. However, with incredible speed and stamina, the bay gelding was able to overcome the deficit.
Red Rum came through to beat Crisp in an epic comeback, passing him just before the end of the race. In addition to his exciting victory, Red Rum also set a new track record, beating the old one by nearly 19 seconds.
In his retirement, Red Rum was still adored by his loving fans. He would make appearances at supermarkets, bookmakers and other special events. Many considered him to be a national hero.
Here is a video of his incredible Grand National win.
Red Rum Won the Scottish National
In 1974, Red Rum not only won his second Grand National, but he also won the Scottish National. Just three weeks after his Grand National victory at the Aintree Racecourse, he went on to win the Scottish National. He remains the only horse to ever win both races in the same season.
The Irish Sea Helped Heal Him
Red Rum suffered from an incurable disease called pedal osteitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the pedal bone (coffin bone) which results in demineralization. Horses with pedal osteitis often experience pain and lameness in the affected hoof.
At the time, there wasn’t much to be done for the condition. However, McCain would notice horses with similar problems recovered after working on the soft Southport sands at the Irish Sea. This led him to take Red Rum to the beach frequently, where he would run in the shallow sandy water.
The salty water appeared to help Red Rum’s pedal osteitis and McCain would often take him for runs on the beach before races. The pair was even known to go on therapeutic swims from time to time.
In 100 Races Red Rum Never Fell Over
Steeplechasing is an exciting sport that combines the speed of racing and the agility of jumping. However, it can be a dangerous sport, as both horses and riders can fall while completing the course.
During his steeplechasing career, Red Rum competed in 100 races. Over the course of those 100 races, he never fell once. His natural ability for jumping and speed helped him soar across race tracks with no problem.
Red Rum is Buried at Aintree Racecourse
Red Rum died on October 18,1995, at the age of 30. His death made the front headline of many national papers and was broadcasted on the news.
He was laid to rest at the winning post of Aintree Racecourse, with a gravestone listing his greatest accomplishments. A statue of the stunning gelding also stands at the course, capturing his incredible beauty and athleticism.
How Many Races Did Red Rum Win?
During his career, Red Rum won three hurdle races, three flat races and 21 steeplechases. He also placed 37 times, which is quite impressive. His 100 race career was one of most memorable in the sport of steeplechasing.
Did Red Rum Have Any Offspring?
Red Rum did not have any foals. He was gelded at a young age, so he was never used for breeding.
How Tall Was Red Rum?
Red Rum was said to be about 16.2 hands tall, weighing around 1,000 pounds. He had a long stride and was considered quite big for a racehorse.