One of the most popular horses of all time, Red Rum is recognized as one of the finest Thoroughbred steeplechasers of all time. With a historic treble when it won the Grand National in 74, 74 and 77, it came second in both 75 and 76 to what would have been unprecedented levels of victory. However, the fact it won three times and finished up runner-up twice in the hardest race on the horseracing circuit is impressive enough!
It was also known for an incredible jumping capacity, with over 100 races under its belt without a single fall in that period. Indeed, it’s Grand National history is down to that capacity to stay strong. The 1973 comeback is considered by many to be among the finest comebacks in the history of the Grand National. The 77 triumph was voted by a UK poll as the 24th greatest sporting moment to ever take place.
With over £140,000 in winnings taken over a 30-year life, Red Rum was a horse that had an incredible level of potential and output. One of the interesting tales about Red Rum, too, is that famous UK comedian Lee Mack got to his enjoy his first ever riding lesson on the famous steed.
Although the only other major win that Red Rum managed across its career game in the 1974 Scottish National, it still holds a massive statue at Aintree to commemorate a unique life. Also, it has a Red Rum Handicap Chase event that takes place at Aintree.
When it died aged 30, it was front page news on most national newspapers and it was buried at the winning post of Aintree Racecours. It was named as the best-known racehorse in the UK, and could even be credited with saving the Grand National. Interest was waning at the time, but the arrival of Red Rum sparked public interest once again and, thus, the legendary event was saved!