GINGER McCain’s local jump racing track will observe a minute’s silence in memory of him.
The legendary Cholmondeley-based horse trainer, who died last week at the age of 80, will be honoured ahead of the race meeting at Bangor-on-Dee today (Thursday).
On Saturday thousands of racing fans observed a minute’s silence at Chester Racecourse for the last meeting of the season.
Bangor-on-Dee general manager Jeannie Chantler said: “I first met Ginger when I started working at Bangor-on-Dee in 1997. To begin with I was in awe – remember, I had watched this man on the TV for many years during the Red Rum era.
“Much amusement has been had over the years as I came to know Ginger. I for one will miss him.”
Ginger died at home following a battle with cancer.
The four-time Grand National winner leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Beryl, daughter Joanne and son Donald Jnr. Donald, who took over from his father at Bankhouse Stables on the Cholmondeley Castle Estate in 2006, won this year’s Grand National with Ballabriggs.
Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones has backed the idea of having a memorial in Cholmondeley if sponsors could fund it.
It is understood a private family funeral was to take place this week with an announcement about a public memorial service expected soon.