Why I'm backing champion jockey Ferguson to go the distance against the novices of City

Four games to go, four fences left in the Grand ­National that is the English Premier League.

Jockey Sir Alex Ferguson has won over this course before with Red Devil and is currently five lengths clear of Roberto Mancini’s Blue Moon, who has gained ground after Red Devil’s tumble at the Wigan ­hurdle.

Blue Moon set a really fast pace in the early part of the National but was then ­severely hampered by the riderless horses, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.

Both had unseated their jockeys after the first ditch. A plain fence lies in wait this afternoon for both horses but Becher’s Brook is ­looming tomorrow week at the Etihad. Whoever ­survives Becher’s intact will claim the ­National, although Red Devil can ­afford a slight mistake and still win.

If Blue Moon manages to draw level, it could well be a photo ­finish.

Red Devil appears to have the easier run-in whereas Mancini’s mount faces a ­crucial jump at Newcastle.

I would not bet against champion jockey Ferguson.

As the novice, Blue Moon might not make the ­distance.


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And finally...
Chelsea’s brilliantly disciplined performance has given Roberto Di Matteo’s side a great chance to reach the Champions League Final. If RDM makes Drogba stay upright for 90 minutes then the impossible can be achieved.

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