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Aintree - a magical place.

AINTREE is a place for heroes and legends - as was perfectly demonstrated on Liverpool Day.

How wonderful to see a bronze bust of the late, great Ginger McCain - which, fittingly, overlooks the winner's enclosure - being unveiled by his wife, Beryl, and son, Donald.

A larger than life character, Ginger was known as Mr Aintree, while many believe his record-breaking exploits with the legendary Red Rum helped save the once-flagging Grand National from extinction.

Aintree, for its part, remembers and celebrates its heroes - Rummy, of course, was buried by the winning post, while a life-size statue of him is close to the parade ring.

The unveiling of the tribute to Ginger, again fittingly, took place on Liverpool Day - which also saw a new chapter being written in racing history.

And how wonderful it was, in the first race of the three day festival, to see the seemingly unbeatable Big Buck's - in recording a fourth consecutive victory in the Liverpool Hurdle - become the first horse to win 17 straight British jump races.

Maybe one day the powers-that-be at Aintree will unveil a plaque in honour of this popular, French-bred horse's remarkable achievements.

Not that long ago, meanwhile, people merely talked about the Grand National - but it's to the credit of everyone behind the scenes at the world-famous racecourse, and the racegoers, that the first two days of the festival have now become so famous in their own right.

Liverpool Day goes from strength to strength, while Ladies' Day has become known as a colourful and joyful day of celebration. Well done to everyone at Aintree - the People's Racecourse!
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2012
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