Red Rum Gallery Mural
Painted by Liverpool artist, Paul Curtis. This mural of the champion race horse, Red Rum, formed the centre piece of an exhibition at The Atkinson Gallery in Southport, Lancashire. The exhibition ran during the summer of 2021. The image is based on several photographs, but no single photograph exists which depicts the scene of this mural. The mural is based on the 1977 Grand National. This was Red Rum's final Grand National. He won ahead of the runner-up, Churchtown Boy (also depicted). Red Rum remains a hero to the residents of Southport as he was regularly seen training on Southport Beach, being put through his paces by trainer, Ginger McCain. Red Rum was a champion thoroughbred steeplechaser. He achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976. The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race that has been described as "the ultimate test of a horse’s courage". He was also renowned for his jumping ability, having not fallen in 100 races. The 1973 race in which Red Rum secured his comeback victory from 30 lengths behind is often considered one of the greatest Grand Nationals in history. In a 2002 UK poll, Red Rum's historic third triumph in the Grand National was voted the 24th greatest sporting moment of all time.