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Sir Alex Ferguson delights in FINALLY attending the Melbourne Cup as he hits Flemington

Sir Alex Ferguson hits Flemington! Horse racing fanatic delights in FINALLY attending the Melbourne Cup as legendary Man United boss jokes the weather conditions in Australia made him feel at home: ‘It’s like Scottish weather’

Sir Alex Ferguson ticked off an item off his bucket list as he watched Mark Zahra riding Gold Trip to a thrilling Melbourne Cup victory on Tuesday.

A huge horse racing fan, the legendary former Manchester United manager was pictured in the famous Birdcage enclosure at Flemington and revealed he had long planned to attend Australia’s biggest horse race.

‘I’m delighted,’ he told the Herald Sun.

Sir Alex Ferguson looked in cheerful mood as he attended the Melbourne Cup

Sir Alex Ferguson looked in cheerful mood 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 Leagues during his 27-year reign at Old Trafford, cut a cheerful figure as he posed for pictures at the race course.

He met legendary Aussie trainer Gai Waterhouse on Tuesday, joining him in the mounting yard before watching the race that stops a nation from a private suit.

He was joined in the VIP enclosure by the likes of Australia swimming stars Cody Simpson and Ariarne Titmus and Australia Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’Landys.

The legendary former Manchester United manager is a keen horse racing fan

The legendary former Manchester United manager is a keen horse racing fan

The 80-year-old said he was impressed with the Melbourne Cup set-up

The 80-year-old said he was impressed with the Melbourne Cup set-up

Those watching from the Birdcage were among the lucky few to remain dry during the day, as torrential rain continued to batter Melbourne making conditions tricky for the approximately 100,000 fans who attended the race.

Ferguson, however, joked the weather reminded him of home.

‘It’s like Scottish weather,’ he quipped.

Mark Zahra made up for losing his ride on last year's Melbourne Cup winner by steering Gold Trip to a sensational win at Flemington

Mark Zahra made up for losing his ride on last year’s Melbourne Cup winner by steering Gold Trip to a sensational win at Flemington

Zahra and his wife Elyse celebrate by holding aloft the famed Melbourne Cup in a day their family will never forget

Zahra and his wife Elyse celebrate by holding aloft the famed Melbourne Cup in a day their family will never forget

From Royal Ascot, to the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival, Ferguson is a regular guest at Britain’s biggest horse racing events but admitted being taken aback by the scale of the Melbourne Cup. 

‘I’m really impressed with the set-up here,’ he said.

‘The hospitality is nice. You don’t get this many people in the crowds in England.

‘Maybe at the Epsom Derby.




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