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Good day at the races for Sir Alex Ferguson as he celebrates £169,000 62-1 hat-trick at Aintree

Get the latest United updates, transfer news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox every day for free 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.

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