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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Sir Alex Ferguson undergoes surgery for brain haemorrhage

Sir Alex Ferguson: ownership interest in both codes
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Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager and prominent racehorse owner, has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on Saturday.

A statement released by United read: "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter."

Ferguson, 76, has been a long-standing supporter of racing with ownership interests in both codes.

Rock Of Gibraltar carried Ferguson's colours for much of his brilliant career, leaving a lasting legacy as he won seven consecutive Grade/Group 1 victories to break Mill Reef's 30-year-old record.

However, Ferguson's relationship with fellow owner John Magnier turned sour following a dispute, which was ultimately settled out of court, over ownership and stud fees relating to the 2002 European Horse of the Year.

Ferguson was also part-owner of the Paul Nicholls-trained What A Friend, who was a two-time Grade 1 winner over jumps. He celebrated victories during the last jumps season with the Nicholls-trained Give Me A Copper and Tommy Silver.

Jump jockey Tom Scudamore was among those in racing to offer their thoughts to Ferguson and his family on Saturday night. He tweeted: "One of the best days of my life was the pleasure of meeting Sir Alex at Haydock races. He could not have been more of a gent and it was an experience I'll never forget. Praying for him and his family right now."

Twenty-time champion jump jockey Sir Anthony McCoy tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family #GetWellSirAlex."

Ferguson, the most successful football manager in the history of the British game, retired as United manager in May 2013 after leading the club to 38 trophies during 26 years in charge.

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The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery
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