“After RED RUM’S Grand National heroics in the 1970’s, Ginger McCain enjoyed further Aintree glory in 2004 with AMBERLEIGHY HOUSE and this year celebrated as his son Donald trained winner BALLABRIGGS.
"Racing in mourning following his death in the early hours of yesterday morning.
"McCain was a unique character who's fame transcended the sport and became a household name through winning the Grand National three times with RED RUM in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He went on to land the race again with AMBERLEIGH HOUSE in 2004 - making him one of only two trainers to record four victories in the world's greatest steeplechase - before retiring two years later.
"McCain's son Donald took over the family stable at Cholmondeley, Cheshire, in 2006, and followed in his father's footsteps by sending out this year's National winner BALLABRIGGS."
"Beryl his wife, said yesterday "Donald, Ginger as we knew him, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short illness this morning (Monday September 19th 2011) - he would have been 81 on Wednesday.. There will be a private family funeral followed by a later memorial service for which there will be more information in the comming weeks. Joanne, Donald jnr and I appreciate all the kindness being shown and, at this difficult time, would appreciate it if we were afforded some privacy. The death of McCain who was watching racing on TV on Sunday afternoon, was not unexpected and his family were at his bedside."