April 19, 2021

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Sir Alex Ferguson scoops quickfire double on the opening day of the Grand National meeting

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Sir Alex Ferguson always loved a win on Merseyside as Manchester United manager and he was celebrating a brilliant Double as the Grand National meet got underway at Aintree on Thursday.

The legendary manager is the owner of Protektorat, who won the Grade One SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase, and also Monmiral, the favourite who won the Doom Bar Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle.

Ferguson was one of the lucky ones allowed to attend the opening day of the Aintree meet amid tight Covid-19 restrictions and he was soon celebrating.

Winning owner Sir Alex Ferguson watches his horse Protektorat win the opening race of the Aintree Grand National meeting - and the ex-Man United boss was soon celebrating a double

Winning owner Sir Alex Ferguson watches his horse Protektorat win the opening race of the Aintree Grand National meeting – and the ex-Man United boss was soon celebrating a double 

Protektorak, ridden by Harry Skelton, won the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices Chase

Protektorak, ridden by Harry Skelton, won the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices Chase

Title-chasing jockey Harry Skelton delivered six-year-old Protektorat home with a well-timed challenge to lead on the run-in and win ahead of The Shunter – with Hitman a close third.

Ferguson and his fellow owners John Hales, Ged Mason and Lisa Mason could be seen watching the finish from a balcony with the former United boss flashing a broad smile before punching the air as Protektorat crossed the line first.

Ferguson was one of the lucky ones allowed into Aintree for the first day of the meeting

Ferguson was one of the lucky ones allowed into Aintree for the first day of the meeting

Fergie was soon celebrating a Double on Merseyside as Harry Cobden won on Monmiral

Fergie was soon celebrating a Double on Merseyside as Harry Cobden won on Monmiral

And after Ferguson said Monmiral had a ‘great chance’ in an ITV interview ahead of the second race, the four-year-old duly claimed an impressive victory.

The Paul Nicholls trained horse maintained his unbeaten record and proved himself decisively superior to his juvenile peers with a seven-and-a-half-length success.

Ferguson has the chance to make it a hat-trick when Clan Des Obeaux runs in the 2.50 Aintree Betway Bowl Chase.

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