Sir Alex Ferguson hits Flemington! Horse racing fan revels in FINALLY attending Melbourne Cup as legendary Man United boss jokes about weather conditions in Australia that made him feel at home: ‘It’s like Scottish weather’
Sir Alex Ferguson ticked an item off his bucket list as he watched Mark Zahra ride Gold Trip to a thrilling Melbourne Cup win on Tuesday.
A huge fan of horse racing, the legendary former Manchester United manager was photographed at the famous Birdcage in Flemington and revealed that he had long planned to attend Australia’s biggest horse race.
“I’m delighted,” he told the Herald Sun.
Sir Alex Ferguson looked in good spirits as he attended the Melbourne Cup.
I’ve been trying to get here for years.
Ferguson, who won 38 major trophies including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles during his 27-year reign at Old Trafford, struck a cheery figure as he posed for photos at the racecourse.
He met legendary Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse on Tuesday and joined him in the staging yard before watching the race that stops a nation in a private suit.
He was joined in the VIP area by the likes of Australian swimming stars Cody Simpson and Ariarne Titmus and Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’Landys.
The legendary former Manchester United manager is passionate about horse racing.
The 80-year-old said he was impressed with the Melbourne Cup setup.
Ferguson was joined in the birdcage by swimming stars Cody Simpson and Ariarne Titmus.
Those watching from the birdcage were among the lucky few to remain dry throughout the day as torrential rain continued to batter Melbourne, making conditions difficult for the estimated 100,000 fans in attendance.
Ferguson, however, joked that the weather reminded him of home.
“It’s like Scottish weather,” he joked.
From Royal Ascot to the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival, Ferguson is a regular guest at Britain’s biggest horse racing events.
Mark Zahra made up for the loss of his ride in last year’s Melbourne Cup winner by leading Gold Trip to a sensational win at Flemington.
Zahra and her wife Elyse celebrate by holding up the famous Melbourne Cup on a day their family will never forget.
But the 80-year-old admitted to being taken aback by the scale of the Melbourne Cup.
“I’m really impressed with the setup here,” he said.
‘Hospitality is nice. You don’t have that many people in the crowds in England.
Maybe at the Epsom Derby.
He is co-owner of a number of horses, including Clan Des Obeaux, two-time winner of the King George VI Chase at Kempton, and Protektorat, who won the Grade 2 Unibet Many Clouds Chase at Aintree last year by an astonishing 25 lengths to the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. Native River.
Along with Monmiral, Clan Des Obeaux and Protektorat they were part of last year’s Aintree treble that saw Ferguson win three Grade 1 races at the famous track in one day in April last year.