Retired English Footballer Owen Preparing For Riding Debut In Charity Race

Michael Owen, a retired football player in England, is best known in the horse racing industry as the owner-breeder of Irish St Leger winner Brown Panther. He later purchased Manor House Stud, a training yard in Cheshire, to pursue additional racing interests. According to The Telegraph, Owen will take part in his first “jockey race” in a charity event at Ascot for the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

“I thought it should be pretty straight forward,” said Owen. “I’d have the facility to myself, I could practice as much or as little as I wanted and the Prince’s Countryside Fund is a great cause. I’ve always admired jockeys and thought the thrill of riding a fast one must be amazing and here we are now with not long to go and I’m feeling pretty nervous.”

Reflecting on his first ride on the gallops, Owen said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous or as scared in my life. I’d ridden for 15 minutes, I’m about to get whatever the horse wants to do and I don’t know what to do. I got on to the gallop. He got on to his back legs and I thought he was rearing but he was just thrusting to get some momentum. Then we’re cantering with me holding on for dear life with 20 thoroughbreds behind me and I’m thinking ‘if I come off here I’m going to get in serious bother.’”

On race day, Owen will ride Calder Prince, a horse who can be difficult but which will also be competitive.

 Read more at The Telegraph.
 

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