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Michael Owen Set To Take Part In Charity Horse Race In Ascot

.Not content with an illustrious career as a footballer and gracing Anfield, the Santiago Bernabeu and Old Trafford among others, now former England striker Michael Owen is set to make his debut as a jockey on Friday.

As reported in the Irish Examiner the former Premier League winner with Manchester United is set to take to the saddle in a charity race at Ascot.

The 37-year-old has been training hard for the race and will ride Calder Prince

The four-year-old has previously won four races and has a rating of 88.

Owen’s love of horses has been well documented and the former English striker has enjoyed his retirement from football with the chance to spend more time at the race course while also continuing his love of football as a pundit.

While still a player, Owen enjoyed success at Ascot in 2011 as owner-breeder of Brown Panther who triumphed with the debut jockey hoping for more success this time out.

Ahead of the race, the former England striker said:

“As the race gets closer I’m getting both nervous and excited about it.” 

“It’s been a massive learning curve for me and having thought initially that this would be quite easy, I’ve come to the realisation that that couldn’t be any further from the truth.”

Owen spoke about his preparations for the race:

“From riding out in the morning, to being thrown off and then galloping on a racecourse, it’s been a fantastic few months.

“I’ve had success as an owner at Ascot, but this will be a completely different experience and I can’t wait. Riding has given me a greater appreciation of racing.”

Having been involved in the sport for a while now, the former Liverpool and Man United man is looking forward to getting on the saddle.

“I’ve done the business side, been to the sales and watched the breaking-in and training, I’ve done the whole thing, but racing is a new insight.

“The first time I sat on the horse I will be riding in the race, Calder Prince, I felt like I had gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson the next day.”

Owen will be riding to raise funds for the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Prostate Cancer UK, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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