- Former Man Utd manager may realise his ultimate racing ambition
- Clan Des Obeaux runs in Cheltenham’s most prestigious event
Many owners get into racing as an escape from the pressures of their day job. Few have ever done so with as tough a day job as the manager of Manchester United, nor enjoyed such a full, colourful and at times controversial career on the turf as Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be at Cheltenham on Friday to watch Clan Des Obeaux, a horse he part-owns, line up for the Gold Cup as one of the favourites.
Nothing could ever match the excitement and triumphs during Ferguson’s 26 years at Old Trafford, but his 21 years as a racehorse owner have still seen plenty of drama. Racing, he said after a winner at Aintree nine years ago, has been “wonderful” for him and “a release from the grind” of life as a football manager. Now, in his retirement and still recovering from life-saving brain surgery less than a year ago, Ferguson is on the verge of what would arguably be the most memorable success of all.
Sir Alex Ferguson's dream will come true if Clan wins the Gold Cup