Over rated? Steady on…..
How can I say such a thing?
He won three Grand Nationals and was runner up on two further occasions so Red Rum was undoubtedly a class act around Aintree but does he deserve to be revered almost as a national (no pun intended) treasure?
I know all about the weight carrying performances and the bigger fences and all that and the fact that no horse has been able to win two Nationals since, let alone three.
What did he beat?
But I just wonder if, just maybe, the standard of opposition in the final two of his wins was not up to the ultra competitive standards we see today?
I say final two wins as, in my opinion, the best horse (at the weights) to compete in the National may be a horse who has never won it. By this I mean Crisp.
History should be changed!
If we are to give Red Rum his hero like status then the horse who has given him 23lb *(yes, that’s right a whopping 23lb*!!!) and very, very nearly beat him must be the best horse to compete in the National?
Crisp was an Australian champion who came to Britain and won our Champion Chase, breaking track records with slick, accurate jumping. The style of his performance in the 1973 National (until the very last few strides) is one of the most stunning displays of jumping I’ve ever seen.
I think if racing history could be rewritten, Crisp should win that National.
What do you think? Are you one of the millions of Red Rum fans who believe he is the best horse ever to run at Aintree? Or do you have another favourite who you think deserves that title?
Let us know what you think.