United front at Aintree as Fergie turns up to cheer on What A Friend and Harry The Viking in Grand National

Sir Alex Ferguson has put his derby preparations on hold to cheer on his runners in the Grand National.

Fergie, whose Manchester United side entertain City on Monday night, is part owner of National hopefuls What A Friend and Harry The Viking.

While his team are almost unbackable for the Premier League, thanks to their 15-point lead, What A friend was 80/1 on Saturday morning while you could get 40s on Harry The Viking.

 
Here we go: Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) was at Aintree to watch his runners in the Grand National

Here we go: Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) was at Aintree to watch his runners in the Grand National

After Ladies’ Day yesterday, Katie Walsh is an 8-1 favourite to become the first-ever female jockey to win the National, riding Seabass, trained by her father Ted Walsh.

They face strong family rivalry from Katie’s brother Ruby on the back of On His Own, but in such a wide-open race it would be foolish to discount any number of other competitors.

 
Day at the races: Coleen Rooney
Day at the races: Coleen Rooney
 

Leading lady: Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United striker Wayne, arrives at Aintree on Saturday morning

 
Best of British: These girls made sure the fashion stakes were high at Aintree on Grand National day

Best of British: These girls made sure the fashion stakes were high at Aintree on Grand National day

 
What do you fancy? Bookies start to take the money early on at Aintree on Grand National day

What do you fancy? Bookies start to take the money early on at Aintree on Grand National day

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has a big match against City to prepare for but his wife Coleen was geared up for a day at the races.

Despite being chilly, Aintree had a dry night – but the course was watered to maintain the good to soft ground enjoyed over the previous two days.

 
Nice day for a picnic: The sun was out at Aintree on Saturday morning

Nice day for a picnic: The sun was out at Aintree on Saturday morning

 
Studying the form: One female punter has her mind made up in plenty of time

Studying the form: One female punter has her mind made up in plenty of time

How any female punters will top their efforts yesterday remains to be seen, but the crowds will get suited and booted to attend the famous track to splash their cash, be it on a heavily-backed favourite or an unfancied 100-1 shot.

Eyes across the world will be fixed to the TV to watch the famous race at 4.15pm, drawing in everyone from hardened racegoers to office sweepstake fans.

However, warming the crowd up for the main event is a fantastic day’s racing, with Solwhit, winner of the Cheltenham Festival World Hurdle, a firm favourite for the Liverpool Hurdle at 2.50.

The Aintree organisers will hope for one thing – no fatalities. Despite going to huge lengths to revamp the track and make it safer after two equine deaths each of the last two years, the course has seen two casualties, Little Josh and Battlefront, over the previous two days.

 
Snappy dressers: It wasn't just the women catching the eye as the crowd warmed up for the Grand National

Snappy dressers: It wasn’t just the women catching the eye as the crowd warmed up for the Grand National

 
No time for sitting down: Aintree ground staff dress The Chair early on Grand National day

No time for sitting down: Aintree ground staff dress The Chair early on Grand National day

 
 
 
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