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Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse to run in Grand National

Race horse insurance customers following the growing hype around this year’s Grand National at Aintree might be interested to learn that one of the equines expected to enter is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The manager of Manchester United Football Club has a stake in What A Friend, which will be ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob.

Odds of 16-1 have been placed on the eight-year-old horse trained by Paul Nicholls.

Those with equine insurance may be surprised that the animal will not be ridden by Ruby Walsh, who was on the horse when it triumphed in the Totesport Bowl at Aintree last year.

However, the BBC reports that Nicholls has already pledged that Jacob will be the one to enter the prestigious race.

Last year, Tony McCoy rode Don’t Push It to victory in the Grand National.

It was the 15th time the 35-year-old jockey had entered the race, but it was on the horse trained by Jonjo O’Neill that he finally claimed a victory.

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