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Take a punt on Fergie completing a remarkable Grand National double

| 09.04.2011

There’s a strong feeling among the horse racing fraternity that What A Friend will go off favourite for the Grand National on Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s connection to What A Friend makes the horse an easy Grand National bet for punters and plenty of money is expected for the Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old who is currently trading with Grand National odds of 14/1.

Ferguson’s love of horse racing is unquestionable and while it seems highly unlikely he would favour a trip to Aintree instead of guiding his Manchester United side to an all important win at home to Fulham – Manchester United are 4/9 to win – Fergie will certainly be close to a television.

With the race scheduled to go off at 4.15pm, it would be no surprise if Ferguson gingerly made his way back to his seat in the stands.

Ladbrokes are offering punters 20/1 that What A Friend wins the Grand National and Manchester United beat Fulham, and as novelty bets go, it’s a nice little enhance double that Ladbrokes are offering.

It took Don’t Push It nine minutes and 4.6 seconds to win the 2010 Grand National and Ladbrokes are also offering 5/2 that Manchester United score while the Grand National is running.

The Grand National start time is 4.15pm and with a little leeway for false starts, that 5/2 will be on offer for Manchester United scoring somewhere between the 60th and 75th minute.

Ferguson has never owned a Grand National winner and What A Friend’s trainer Paul Nicholls has never trained a winner of the Grand National.

But What A Friend is so far ahead of the handicapper that the connections felt they had to take their chance, and after his fourth place in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, What A Friend is arguably the best horse in the race.

A £20 stake on the What A Friend/Manchester United double would return £420. Take advantage of Ladbrokes Grand National odds.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.