Racing shock as Red Rum's famous colours win again 46 years on in extraordinary finish that leaves punters 'spewing' | The SunMay 12, 2023
RED RUM'S famous colours were back in the winner's enclosure 46 years on – thanks to this extraordinary finish that left punters 'spewing'.
Trainer Donald McCain was celebrating the most unlikely of winners after Captain Broomfield threw away victory.
Donald's dad Ginger trained arguably the most famous horse ever, three-time Grand National winner Red Rum.
The horse's final Aintree win came in 1977 – but 46 years later those silks were being cheered home again at Huntingdon courtesy of Blueberry Wine.
Mind you, it looked incredibly unlikely going over the last in the 2m½f handicap chase.
Claimer Joe Anderson looked to have the race sewn up on Emma Lavelle's 5-1 chance Captain Broomfield.
But it looked like he got distracted by something in the crowd and veered wildly left on the run-in.
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That left the door open for champion jockey Brian Hughes to pounce.
He went into overdrive on Blueberry Wine and the 11-2 chance prevailed by just under a length in the bonkers finish.
While great to see those legendary maroon and gold silks being cheered home once again, punters on Captain Broomfield couldn't believe their luck.
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Some asked why Anderson didn't try harder to correct his mount.
While one said they must have been left 'spewing' after seeing a near-certain winner throw away victory.
Not that McCain and Hughes cared.
The trainer tweeted afterwards: "Always great to see the famous colours in the winner's enclosure.
"Well done to everybody involved in Blueberry Wine in Red Rum Racing."
While Hughes admitted luck played a part.
He said: "The other horse was about three or four lengths in front of me and he went to the other side of the track – he's covered a lot of ground from the back of the last.
"That probably swung it in our favour.
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