Grand National charity bets

Sir Alex - Rambling Minister

Bryan Robson - Butler's Cabin

Terry Christian - Rambling Minister

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03/04/2009 14:09, Report by Mark Pearson, Betfred

Sir Alex's National challenge

Betfred boss Fred Done has challenged Sir Alex Ferguson to pick the winner of the Grand National this Saturday.

The independent bookie has given the United manager a charity bet of £1000, with any winnings going to the New Manchester Children’s Hospital (NMCH). Sir Alex has decided to split his bet - £250 each way on the well-fancied Rambling Minister and £250 each way on Donald McCain’s Idle Talk.

The United manager's first pick Rambling Minster looks to be a true Grand National horse with durability and stamina in abundance. Idle Talk will go off a big price but he did complete last year’s race (albeit finishing 14th) and he's trained by Donald McCain Jr. whose father trained the legendary Red Rum.

Fred Done also challenged ex-Reds skipper Bryan Robson - he thinks it will be AP McCoy’s year and his £500 each way is on Butler's Cabin for the Five Star Scanner Appeal, which aims to raise £1m for a cancer-detecting scanner at the NMCH. MUTV presenter Terry Christian is betting for the same cause - his £500 each way is on Rambling Minister.

Fred will pay out with a smile to the charities but there is one horse he fears - My Will, ridden by fellow United fan Ruby Walsh. “Ruby cost me over a million when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If he wins the National it will be another bad day for the bookies!”


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