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Harry Cobden secures first win of the week in the Pertemps Final Hurdle aboard Sir Alex Ferguson's Monmiral

Sir Alex Ferguson was in the Cheltenham Festival winner’s enclosure as Harry Cobden got off the mark for the week when Monmiral hunted down Kyntara in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle.

Running in the famous yellow colours of Ferguson’s co-owner John Hales, the seven-year-old, who had been tipped by Andrew of Fiosrach, has always been held in high regard by those at Ditcheat.

Despite that, he was sent off at 25/1 in the hands of Planet Sport Bet ambassador Cobden, sporting first-time blinkers as he was given a patient ride by his title-chasing jockey.

Cobden edged his mount into contention heading down hill for the second time, but it seemed the bird had flown when the bold front-running Kyntara set sail in his bid to provide Mel Rowley with a first Festival success.

However, Monmiral still had plenty in reserve and emerged as Kyntara’s sole challenger at the last before storming home to crush the long-time leader’s dreams.

A clearly thrilled Ferguson said: “That was fantastic. Brilliant. What a jockey, deary me, he was brilliant. It’s my first winner here, John is the master, he chooses the horses and we back him all the way.”

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