Red Rum has been named the greatest Grand National horse of all time in a virtual race of champions.

Ginger McCain‘s legendary chaser, who won the race in 1973, 1974 and 1977, came out top after the big race sponsor Crabbie’s enlisted the support of racing experts Timeform to answer one of horse racing’s burning questions — who is the greatest Grand National winner of all time?

The result was calculated via an in-depth research process, taking into account the age and weight of each runner from their first National-winning performance – thereby retaining the handicap element of the National.

The results were determined by their chance on the weights at Timeform ratings, with other factors considered, including overall Aintree record and jockey form.

The virtual ground was in good condition, while the fences used were the same as those in service during 1976 and 1977.

The field included other greats, such as Reynoldstown (who finished 2nd), L’Escargot (who came 3rd), Manifesto, Ballabriggs, Hedgehunter, Corbiere and Neptune Collonges.

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