It’s the end of an era today as we say goodbye to one of the true legends in the world of racehorse training.

Ginger McCain died at the age of 80 early this morning.

McCain is best-known for his work with another legend – the brilliant Red Rum who he led to three Grand National wins in 1973, 1974 and 1977.

He achieved a fourth Grand National win with Amberleigh House in 2004.

Although he began riding racehorses at the age of 14, he found work as a taxi driver after leaving school.

He went on to open a small stable and began to use the Southport beaches as the place to train his horses.

Red Rum – with whose name he will forever be linked – had passed through the hands of several trainers before McCain began to work with him – and the salty waters of the sea and the beach at Southport seemed to work wonders on the horse.

In 2006, McCain handed over his business to his son Donald McCain.