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Man Utd icon Alex Ferguson to celebrate £296,000 winnings in past month if Punchestown Gold Cup runner triumphs today

SIR ALEX FERGUSON could be celebrating £296,000 winnings from the past month if his horse triumphs in the Punchestown Gold Cup today.

Fergie’s Clan Des Obeaux has been tipped by Templegate to land the big one in Ireland.

Fergie has enjoyed a mega month with his horses – and it could get even better today

Victory there would give the Manchester United icon and the horse’s two other owners a tasty £127,000 windfall.

That would come on the back of a magical day at Aintree earlier this month when Fergie cheered home the first three winners.

The former Old Trafford gaffer co-owns Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux.

All three were victorious on the first day of the Grand National Festival, scooping the owners a huge £169,000.

Victory in Ireland is a rarity for British horses.

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In fact, victory for British horses in Britain is a rarity this year, given the total Irish domination at the Cheltenham Festival.

And in the Grand National the first five horses home were all trained in Ireland.

But Clan’s trainer Paul Nicholls thinks the course is set up perfectly for the British raider.

Clan Des Obeaux can land the big one for Fergie at Punchestown

He said: “I wanted to tick all the boxes first, make sure the horse is right and talk with Ged Mason, Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Barber [owners] to make sure everything was right.

“We made a unanimous decision to go which is exciting.”

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo was dramatically ruled out of the big race with a bruised foot on Monday.

Two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo is the current favourite at 6-4, with Clan Des Obeaux second-favourite at 3-1.

You can read all of Templegate’s tips on another huge day of Irish racing here.

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