Sir Alex Ferguson is celebrating his ‘best day in racing’ as his horses won the first three races on the opening day of the Grand National Festival.
Protektorat (17-2) and Monmiral (10-11f), horses he part-owns with Ged Mason, John Hales and Lisa Hales, galloped to victory at Aintree on Thursday.
And then Fergie’s runner in the Betway Bowl, Clan Des Obeaux, routed the opposition by 26 lengths after being sent off 5-2 favourite.
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.
And if he had a bet the treble would have paid 62-1 at the bookies.
Sir Alex said: “That’s the best day I’ve had in my time in racing, which is about 20 years or so.
“It is different to when I was managing my football teams – I was in control of what was going to happen on the pitch, but I’m not in control of that (on the racetrack) as the trainer does all of that and as an owner you hope it goes well.
“You do get the same excitement when you win big races like that as it does get you very excited.”
And the week could get even better for Sir Alex.
He owns outsider Give Me a Copper in the Grand National on Saturday.
Bookies are offering odds of around 66-1 that the 11-year-old can record a memorable victory.
Ferguson collected 38 trophies during his time with United, including 13 Premier League titles – and bookmakers believe Reds 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.”