Donald McCain (born
September 21, 1930 in Southport, Lancashire), better known as Ginger, is a
former National Hunt trainer, based in
Cholmondley, Cheshire, perhaps
best known for training the legendary horse, Red
McCain bought Red Rum, he was working as a used car salesman in
He applied for a training permit in 1953
and began training horses in 1962, using small stables behind the
showroom. He bought a horse for 6000 guineas, which later turned
out to be suffering from a bone debilitating disease. This horse
would turn out to be Red Rum
McCain trained the winner of the Grand
four times, thrice with Red Rum and once with Amberleigh House
. Perhaps what is even more
remarkable is that two of the victories were almost 30 years apart.
is the only other person to
have trained four winners of the race.
- 1973 Red Rum
- 1974 Red Rum
- 1977 Red Rum
- 2004 Amberleigh House
In his final Grand National, in 2006, McCain entered three horses;
Inca Trail, who ran well for a long way until running out of
stamina two fences from home and finishing in 8th place, Ebony
Light (fell) and Amberleigh House (pulled up).
In 2005 McCain was involved in a sexism
after stating in an interview that he thought a woman jockey could
never win the Grand National . This angered Carrie Ford
, the only female rider in that
year's race. McCain retaliated by saying that he would allow people
to kick his bare buttocks if Ford won the national. This did not
happen. However, Ford beat McCain's runner, Amberleigh House, who
Ginger McCain retired after the 2006 Grand National, handing over
control of the stable to his son, also called Donald
- McCain married Beryl in March 1961, and has two children;
Joanne and Donald. Both Ginger and Beryl were recently seen
enjoying the hospitality at the Midlands Grand National. .
- While working as a taxi driver, McCain once drove Frank Sinatra
around in search of a hairbrush .