Clan Des Obeaux completed a notable hat-trick on the opening day of the 2021 Aintree meeting with victory in the Betway Bowl.
It was the third Grade One win of the day for ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his co-owners.
Harry Cobden had the 5-2 favourite, trained by Paul Nicholls, in front from a long way out and comfortably beat Clondaw Castle by 26 lengths.
Tiger Roll finished fourth but was never really in contention.
“That’s my first hat-trick in Liverpool – I don’t think they’ll be too pleased,” laughed Ferguson afterwards.
“Harry rode a positive race and he was fantastic.”
Ferguson and co had started the day on a high when the 17-2 chance Protektorat, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by his brother Harry, won the opening Novices Chase.
They were in the winner’s circle again when the odds-on favourite Monmiral, ridden by Cobden, and trained by Nicholls, was an impressive winner of the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.
But Clan Des Obeaux was the most impressive with first-time cheekpieces helping the two-time King George VI Chase winner.
Clondaw Castle loomed large as they approached the straight but Cobden found another gear as the pair stormed to a comfortable victory with Native River a further 18 lengths back in third.
More to follow.