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Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson dreaming of Grand National glory with his horse running in Aintree race

SIR ALEX FERGUSON can celebrate another win in Liverpool this Saturday – thanks to his Grand National runner.

The Manchester United legend’s horse Give Me A Copper is set to run in the world’s most famous race.

Sir Alex could be cheering on a Grand National winner this Saturday

The horse, who Fergie co-owns with four others, has been targeted at the big one since 2019.

Give Me A Copper is currently a 50-1 shot for the 40-runner contest.

But anything can happen in the chaos and carnage that is certain to ensue, so don’t let some big odds put you off a flutter.

The horse is very lightly raced and was a big shout for last year’s renewal until coronavirus forced it to go virtual.

Give Me A Copper had won the prestigious Badger Beers Silver Trophy at Wincanton in November 2019.

Plans were in place for a huge run at Aintree in April 2020 until the pandemic put paid to that.

Since that win, the 11-year-old gelding has had wind surgery, a nice long 357-day break and a decent runner-up finish over three miles at Doncaster last December.

A dodgy round of jumping forced him to be pulled up on his last outing in January.

But you can be sure top trainer Paul Nicholls, who also co-owns the horse, has pulled out all the stops to have him firing on all cylinders for Aintree.

Ged Mason, who co-owns Give Me A Copper and Templegate fancy Clan Des Obeaux, recently spoke of how much Give Me A Copper means to him and Fergie.

He said: “Sir Alex without question shares the same enthusiasm for going back – he loves jump racing and since leaving football management it’s been a big hobby of his.

“Give Me A Copper should get in the National and it would be great to have a runner.

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“It’s one of the biggest worldwide jumps races so that will be a thrill.

“He’s always been a little bit tricky to train but Paul always gets the best out of his horses and hopefully he can work his magic with him.”

And you can be certain the celebrations will be wild should the horse win.

After he claimed the Badger Beers, Fergie, who was watching on the day said: “To get a win like this and the excitement at the end, you can’t beat it.

“I didn’t expect it, to be honest.

“I was covered in coffee and then Paul’s trying to strangle me…”

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