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Sir Alex Ferguson going for Gold Cup glory: Manchester United legend dreaming of Cheltenham win with horse Clan Des Obeaux

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will be gunning for Cheltenham glory today with his horse among the favourites to win the famous Gold Cup.

Since retiring from his glittering football career as manager of the Old Trafford club, Ferguson has become a huge figure in the world of horse racing.

Ferguson with jockey Ruby Walsh at Aintree in 2010

He part-owns Clan Des Obeaux who will be running in this afternoon’s illustrious Gold Cup race.

And the seven-year-old gelding, who will have jockey Harry Cobden on board, is being hotly tipped for success, currently being priced as the second favourite at 5/1.

Speaking of Ferguson, Cobden told the Guardian this week: “He’s a lovely man. I’ve met him three or four times. He’s inspirational and the sort of person you could listen to all day. I went to Old Trafford because of him last month.”

“I’m not a big football fan. I know nothing about football but it was a great experience as it was the first game I’ve ever been to. It was Man U v PSG and we went to Sir Alex’s box afterwards and chatted about the football. I didn’t really understand it. He said things which totally went over my head.

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson part-owns Clan Des Obeaux

“I still loved listening to him and the PSG supporters were crazy. It was pretty fantastic.”

You can find out if Ferguson can claim yet another famous victory live on talkSPORT this afternoon.

We’ll have full coverage of the big race which is due off at 3:30pm.

It’s the final ‘Championship’ race of the four-day Festival and is regarded as the most prestigious of all National Hunt races.

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