Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s horses race to £169,000 62-1 Aintree treble

Sir Alex Ferguson made a flying start to the Randox Grand National Festival with winners in the first three races.

Protektorat (17-2) and Monmiral (10-11f) galloped to victory at Aintree on Thursday, horses he part-owns with Ged Mason, John Hales and Lisa Hales.

Then Ferguson's runner in the Betway Bowl Clan Des Obeaux, sent off the 5-2 favourite, routed the opposition by 26 lengths.

Jockey Harry Cobden told ITV Racing that headgear transformed the nine-year-old.

"What a difference it's (the cheekpieces) made," he said.

"That just brought the best out of him today.

"I wanted to be up there, fairly positive and get him jumping well. Brilliant.

"It's all come together. It's great to have him back in top form, absolutely delighted.

"I've given him a clip round the ear and I could feel him take off beneath me."

Ferguson won a share of £42,202.50 from both of the first two races, while the Bowl first prize was £84,195 – amounting to almost £169,000 in total.

The ex-Old Trafford boss has outsider Give Me A Copper in the National on Saturday.

Bookies are offering odds of around 66-1 that the 11-year-old can record a memorable victory.

His trainer Paul Nicholls also saddled Clan Des Obeaux and Monmiral.

After the former came home a long way clear of Clondaw Castle, he said: "I said to Harry (Cobden, jockey) either get a lead or be very, very handy.

"Cheekpieces, as I've always thought, focused his mind.

"The best thing we did was not take him there (Cheltenham). It's hard to do both.

"Today was always the plan. That (defeat at Newbury) woke us up a little bit as we were probably getting the tactics wrong with him a little bit.

"The King George will be his number one aim (next season) and then back here and that will be it really.

Nicholls added: "He hasn't done a lot this season and he's in the form of his life."

Ferguson collected 38 trophies during his time with United, including 13 Premier League titles – and bookmakers believe fans will support his horse in the main event.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "Sir Alex is unlikely to need a copper with the amount of silverware that he denied the Merseyside Clubs over the years.

"But this Saturday the bookies could endure the biggest smash-and-grab away victory in Liverpool of his illustrious career.

"And given United's incredible support their fans and his wider adoring public will no doubt latch on to Give Me A Copper."

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