GINGER McCain is the toast of South Cheshire this week after achieving his fourth Grand National triumph on Saturday.
The popular Cholmondeley trainer, 73, had never given up hope of adding to the historic three National victories achieved by the legendary Red Rum.
Twenty-seven years after that last success, an emotional Ginger was back in the winners' enclosure at Aintree after seeing 16-1 shot Amberleigh House, ridden by Graham Lee, edge out Clan Royal in a dramatic finish.
'I thought my days of winning this race again were long gone. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.
'The National is the greatest race in the world. It's the people's course, the people's race, a magical place.'
Ginger, who watched his first National in 1938, rented the dairy farm on the Cholmondeley estate and his family has since spent £200,000 transforming it into the modern Bank House Stables training facility.
Deep down, Ginger has always dreamed of adding to the victories he enjoyed with Red Rum in 1973, 1974 and 1977, but when he saw Amberleigh House finish third over the testing Liverpool fences last year, he felt the dream was starting to fade.
But the 12-year-old gelding, ridden every day by Ginger's son Donald, was determined to give him another sweet taste of success.
'Ever since Red Rum won, I've tried to find a Grand National horse but I never thought I would find one,' he said.
'This horse is the best thing that has happened to me for a long, long time.'
Ginger has also put his retirement plans on hold.
He said: 'I'm getting a bit old and grumpy for all this and thought I might retire if I won it again. But we will go back for another crack next year.'