Issue Date: 06/04/2017
Issue Name: Tribute to Red Rum Full Set Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
No longer will you need to rewind the clocks 40 years to savour the moment that Jockey Tommy Stack safely jumps the final fence in the 1977 Aintree Grand National. You can still hear the adulation and ecstasy of the Liverpool crowd as the imperious Red Rum lands ahead and gallops the remaining furlongs to secure a record breaking third Grand National victory. The hat-trick of all hat-tricks, in the race of all races!
On April 6th 2017, as the 2017 Grand National Festival begins its first day and just two days ahead of the 170th Annual Grand National, Buckingham Covers will officially release their magnificent first day covers to celebrate Legends of Horse Racing. Our stunning Red Rum cover which shows Tommy Stack and Red Rum on their win to victory with the new 1st Class Red Rum stamp and special ‘Red Rum Racehorse Legend’ Aintree, Liverpool first day of issue postmark. 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of Red Rum’s third triumph and he will forever be synonymous with the sport and Aintree Racecourse where he is buried at the finishing post.
Red Rum (bay gelding; 3rd May 1965 – 18th October 1995) 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 & 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.
Red Rum's 1973 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.
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Tommy Stack is a former National Hunt racing jockey and current National Hunt trainer. As a jockey, he is probably best known for piloting Red Rum to a third Grand National victory.