April 23, 2021

Sir Alex Ferguson completes Aintree hat-trick at the Grand National festival

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Sir Alex Ferguson landed a remarkable 62/1 treble on the first day of the Aintree Grand National Festival with three winners in the opening three races.

Fergie is no stranger to the concept of a perfect hat-trick and the legendary Manchester United boss bagged one of his own with Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux all going in.

The Scotsman was seen arriving at the Mersyeside track before the action got underway and would’ve been delighted with the way the first three races turned out.

Protektorat, who was sent off at 17/2, got Ferguson’s day off to a flyer with a battling three length success in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at 13:45 to win the Scotsman £42,202.50.

Alex Ferguson arrives at Aintree ahead of Thursday's action
Alex Ferguson arrives at Aintree ahead of Thursday’s action
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10/11 favourite Monmiral then made it a double on the day for Ferguson little over half-an-hour later when cruising to a seven length victory in the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.

The four-year-old gelding scooped £42,202.50 for his victory to provide Fergie with a quickfire double reminiscent of Sheringham and Solskjaer in Barcelona all those years ago.

Fergie had three winners in the first three races at Aintree
Fergie had three winners in the first three races at Aintree
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Things then got even better for Fergie as two-time King George winner Clan Des Obeaux produced a dominant performance to win the Aintree Bowl at odds of 5/2.

Ferguson’s perfect hat-trick came in at combined odds of 62/1 and will leave the 79-year-old oozing confidence ahead of the Grand National itself on Saturday.

Clan Des Obeaux ridden by Harry Cobden wins the Betway Bowl Chase on the first day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree
Clan Des Obeaux ridden by Harry Cobden wins the Betway Bowl Chase on the first day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree

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