Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will be gunning for Cheltenham glory today with his horse among the favourites to win the famous Gold Cup.
Since retiring from his glittering football career as manager of the Old Trafford club, Ferguson has become a huge figure in the world of horse racing.
He part-owns Clan Des Obeaux who will be running in this afternoon’s illustrious Gold Cup race.
And the seven-year-old gelding, who will have jockey Harry Cobden on board, is being hotly tipped for success, currently being priced as the second favourite at 5/1.
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Speaking of Ferguson, Cobden told the Guardian this week: “He’s a lovely man. I’ve met him three or four times. He’s inspirational and the sort of person you could listen to all day. I went to Old Trafford because of him last month.”
“I’m not a big football fan. I know nothing about football but it was a great experience as it was the first game I’ve ever been to. It was Man U v PSG and we went to Sir Alex’s box afterwards and chatted about the football. I didn’t really understand it. He said things which totally went over my head.
“I still loved listening to him and the PSG supporters were crazy. It was pretty fantastic.”
Last night an inspection was called for 8am on Wednesday morning with high winds predicted and there was a contingency in place to postpone the second day’s card until Saturday. However, after a precautionary weather inspection, the green light was given almost two hours before the scheduled inspection in order to provide racegoers with plenty of notice and booze tents plenty of time to replenish stock ahead of Alan Brazil’s arrival.
Simon Claisse, clerk of the course at Cheltenham, said: “We’re delighted that the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospect of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded.
“We are looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the Old Course with the feature race the Ł400,000 Grade 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.”