Red Rum saves Ain­tree

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

RED RUM’S first Grand Na­tional win comes with fears that it will be the last race at Ain­tree: ‘Red Rum’s Grand Na­tional will long be re­mem­bered for the tremen­dous pace set by Crisp [even­tual run­ner-up], and the per­fect demon­stra­tion by Red Rum and [jockey] Brian Fletcher that a race is never lost un­til it is over…

‘I do not know whether we will see an­other Grand Na­tional in its present form or not. Rac­ing can hardly con­tinue there un­less sub­si­dized by other use on the 364 days on which the Grand Na­tional is not run. Meet­ings on the flat do not pay be­cause of the small at­ten­dance. Per­haps a rich man will en­dow it as a per­ma­nent memo­rial’ (April 5, 1973).

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