Wayne Rooney’s first steps into horseracing ownership have been well documented in the past 48 hours, and whilst things didn’t go exactly how the Manchester United striker would have hoped at Chester Races yesterday, he was more than happy to see Pippy make his debut on the track.
The England international has three horses housed at the Manor House stables, owned by club colleague Michael Owen. Contrary to popular belief though, Tomway runs under the ownership of father Wayne Rooney Snr, and finished seventh in today’s EBF Maiden Stakes at the same venue.
It’s Pippy which has helped give Rooney the racing bug though, and despite a last-place finish in the Lily Agnes Stakes, he was happy to see his flat-racer out on the track after dashing from the club’s Carrington training ground to take in the first race on Wednesday.
“Really happy with my horse Pippy's run yesterday, even though the ground was a bit soft for her. A very raw talent despite last place finish and looking forward to seeing how she gets on next time out,” said Rooney on his official Facebook page.
Rooney also owns Switcharooney, a £63,000 two-year old which is also trained by Tom Danscombe. The horse could appear for the first time next month, and would also be saddled in the pink and white silks of Rooney and his wife Coleen.