Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham where his horse Clan Des Obeaux finishes fifth in main event
- Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson was at Cheltenham on Friday
- He looked happy and healthy as he soaked up the atmosphere on Gold Cup Day
- Ferguson part-owns Clan Des Obeaux, who finished fifth in the day’s main race
Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to be in high spirits and good health as he was pictured at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.
The former Manchester United manager, who underwent an operation on his brain in May last year, was seen smiling as he soaked up the atmosphere on Gold Cup Day.
Ferguson part-owns Clan Des Obeaux, who was a runner in the day’s main race.
Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to be in high spirits and good health at Cheltenham on Friday
Former Manchester United and Aberdeen boss Ferguson has long been a racing enthusiast
Ferguson was seen among the Cheltenham crowd as No 11 Might Bite made her way to the post
Clan Des Obeaux flirted with victory but tired up the famous Cheltenham Hill and eventually finished fifth as Al Boum Photo won.
There had been high hopes for Clan Des Obeaux, who started the 2019 Gold Cup as the 5-1 favourite.
Trainer Paul Nicholls said in the build-up to the race: ‘It’s great to have a live Gold Cup hope. The race has been kind to us in the past.
‘From the first day Clan Des Obeaux won over hurdles we knew he was going to be a proper three-mile chaser.
‘He had been a bit babyish and last year we coudn’t train him as we wanted. Now we are where we want to be. Out of all the horses in the Gold Cup he is the improving youngster.
‘Kauto Star won his first Gold Cup when he was seven so Clan Des Obeaux is the right age for the race.’
Ferguson owns a stake in Clan Des Obeaux (centre right), who ran in the Gold Cup on Friday
Favourite Clan Des Obeaux finished fifth as Al Boum Photo (pictured) claimed the first prize
Ferguson was seen smiling as the Scot soaked up the atmosphere at the Cheltenham Festival