Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney had his first runner as a racehorse owner this afternoon, when Pippy carried the footballers colours in the opening race at Chester’s May meeting.
The 2-y-o Exceed And Excel filly was the debut runner for the player who hopes to branch out into the sport over the next couple of years. Pippy finished last of the eight runners but will no doubt improve for the run.
A colt which bears the name Switcharooney also carries the Rooney silks and he is expected to make his appearance later in the summer. Both horses are in training with Tom Dascombe, a handler that has built up a very successful relationship with Rooney’s United colleague Michael Owen in recent seasons.
Indeed Owen is a part owner of the Dascombe yard and has already indicated that he wants to become a leading owner in the sport. The duo enjoyed Royal Ascot success with Brown Panther in 2011 and no doubt that victory helped inspire Rooney to follow his mate into ownership.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a well known owner who has horses in training with Paul Nicholls and many footballers have dipped their toes into the equine world over the past number of years. Robbie Fowler and Steve McMenaman had Seebald with Martin Pipe during their time at Anfield.