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Sir Alex Ferguson set to go flat out

Sir Alex Ferguson suffered disappointment when his horse What A Friend was pulled up in the Grand National on Saturday.

But on the opening day of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket today the Manchester United boss will be hopeful of a more productive outcome when Pausanias, another of his string, goes in the European Free Handicap.

Pausanias is an exciting prospect, finishing second to Abjer on his last start — at Ascot in October — which followed on from wins at Kempton and Goodwood.

Ferguson was unable to attend the Grand National as United were in action against Fulham at the same time but he is expected to make it to Newmarket for today’s action on the Flat.

Pausanias — ridden by Richard Hughes and trained by Richard Hannon — is expected to start favourite for today’s contest at around 15-8 with the chief challenge coming from Elzam and Majestic Dubawi.

Jockey Peter Toole was woken from an induced coma as he continues to recover from serious injury in hospital.

The 22-year-old suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain when 100-1 shot Classic Fly fell at the first fence during the Maghull Novices Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

Toole was taken to Fazakerley Hospital, near the course, but was later transferred to the neighbouring Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Toole is attached to Charlie Mann's yard in Lambourn.”

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