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    Ferguson's Cheltenham Triumph: A Memorable Afternoon in 'Fergie Time'
Ferguson's Cheltenham Triumph: A Memorable Afternoon in 'Fergie Time'
Sir Alex Ferguson with Monmiral at Cheltenham. Source: Getty Images

Ferguson's Cheltenham Triumph: A Memorable Afternoon in 'Fergie Time'

Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in collaboration with co-owners John Hales and Ged Mason, relished a remarkable afternoon at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Monmiral, steered by jockey Harry Cobden, clinched the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, marking a significant victory for the trio. This win marked a fresh chapter for Ferguson, who had patiently awaited success after years of anticipation.

Reflecting on the victory, Ferguson expressed astonishment and admiration for the jockey's performance. The experience was enhanced by the longstanding friendship and camaraderie with co-owners Hales and Mason, who had previously tasted success at the prestigious event. Ferguson's enthusiasm and elation were palpable as he acknowledged the unique joy of achieving victory alongside friends, emphasising the unparalleled significance of the Cheltenham Festival in the world of horse racing.

As the afternoon unfolded, the celebrations continued with Protektorat triumphing in the Ryanair Chase, securing another win for the same ownership team but under a different trainer-jockey duo, Dan and Harry Skelton. Ferguson, basking in the glory of the double victory, highlighted the unparalleled thrill and fulfilment derived from the success of their horses at Cheltenham, drawing a clear distinction between the emotions evoked by football triumphs and equestrian achievements.

In a poignant moment, Ferguson expressed gratitude and acknowledged the profound significance of the day, noting that the experience of winning at Cheltenham was truly exceptional and held a special place in his heart, reflecting the culmination of his longstanding passion for horse racing.

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