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The Tiger Roll came in fourth as Clan Des Obeaux won the Betway Bowl on the opening day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree


CLAN DES OBEAUX demolished the pitch at the Betway Bowl as Tiger Roll could only meow home in fourth place.

The two-time Grand National winner was always on foot after Paul Nicholls star flew home the whopping 26.

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The Tiger Roll was defeated 92 lengths by winner Clan Des ObeauxCredit: Reuters
Clan Des Obeaux was the third winner of the day for partly owned Sir Alex Ferguson

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Clan Des Obeaux was the third winner of the day for partly owned Sir Alex FergusonCredit: Reuters

Bettors have been hoping to see Tiger Roll try to make a Red Rum and win the third National tournament on Saturday.

But owner Michael O’Leary overcame his rating and weight in the big race and instead, he ran him in Grade 1 today.

And the gap in class shows when racers Jack Kennedy struggled to go the speed set by Clan Des Obeaux and Mister Fisher.

In the end, he came home fourth and less than the 92nd winner, owned by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fergie enjoyed a memorable afternoon on Merseyside with winners in all three opening races as Monmiral and Protektorat happened in the first two.

Winning racer Harry Cobden smiled: “I wanted to try his hand at his skillful handling – I followed him, and he looks great, but I know he needs them. ages ago long ago.

“I just got people to put them on – and look at the difference it makes.

“He obviously saved a bit for himself, and that just brings out the best for him today.

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“I want him up there, quite positively, I want him to dance well. I don’t want to miss any of the fences.

“He did everything, didn’t he? Even if he was left alone with three parts of the round to go, he’s still brilliant.”

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