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Sir Alex Ferguson Teases 'Surprise' Horse for 2024 Cheltenham Festival

The former Manchester United manager recently celebrated a substantial win of nearly £1 million when his horse, Spirit Dancer, triumphed in the Group Two Neom Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Sir Alex Ferguson Teases 'Surprise' Horse for 2024 Cheltenham Festival
Sir Alex Ferguson Teases 'Surprise' Horse for 2024 Cheltenham Festival

Sir Alex Ferguson is optimistic about securing another significant win at the Cheltenham Festival, with an unexpected contender in his lineup. The former Manchester United manager recently celebrated a substantial win of nearly £1 million when his horse, Spirit Dancer, triumphed in the Group Two Neom Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Ferguson is no stranger to success in horse racing, having previously won £500,000 in Bahrain last year, an event that also resulted in a broken rib for him, thanks to Spirit Dancer. 

However, he suggests that another horse, Hitman, could be the one to watch at Cheltenham.

Ferguson expressed his belief in Hitman's potential, especially since the horse will be competing in a shorter race of two miles and four furlongs, rather than the usual three miles. This change, Ferguson believes, might lead to a surprising performance.

Hitman, under the guidance of Paul Nicholls, will be in the running for the Ryanair Chase, competing alongside Protektorat, trained by Dan Skelton, with a substantial prize of £211,013 up for grabs.

In the County Hurdle, L'Eau Du Sud will be vying for the top prize of £56,270, while Sonigino is set to compete in the Coral Cup and will also participate in the Martin Pipe Handicap, marking the Festival's conclusion.

The event will feature Monmiral and Il Ridoto as well. Monmiral aims to secure £56,270 in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, and Il Ridoto will contend for £67,524 in the Plate Handicap Chase.

Should all go according to Sir Alex Ferguson's plans, he stands to gain a total of £400,000 from the Festival, a remarkable sum for just four days of competition.

Here at betting.bet, we think Ferguson is going to have a successful Festival, with his team not sparing a penny with their recent horse investment. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Ferguson purchased Caldwell Potter, the priciest National Hunt horse ever auctioned.  William Hill are offering 8/1 for Caldwell Potter to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.