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5 Former Man Utd Figures Who Owned Racehorses

During summer breaks and non-training days, many footballers find pastimes to fill up their free time.

From computer games, property investment and learning new skills, each footballer has their own favourites.

One thing that several former Manchester United players have had in common is investing in racehorses.

Although they have to produce any Grand National winners between them, they have produced winners that could have been backed at good odds with in the past.

Here’s a look at our former stars involved in horse racing:

1. Sir Alex Ferguson

The greatest manager in the history of English football, Sir Alex Ferguson won us 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 Champions Leagues prior to his retirement in 2013.

A documentary titled Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In was published on Amazon Prime last month and has proven a popular release, with an 8.5 rating on IMDb and 4.9/5 on Amazon.

Not only was Fergie a successful manager, and player prior to that, he was also one of the most successful involved in horse racing that emerged from football.

Ferguson’s most notable runner was Rock of Gibraltar, which broke records when it became the first to win seven group one races back in 2002.

2. Michael Owen

Michael Owen has been about as successful off the field as he was on it. A Premier League winner with us in 2010-11, the former England star got into the world of horse racing when on the sidelines due to several injuries.

At one point he was criticised for spending more time at the racetracks instead of focusing on his fitness.

Owen owns a couple of horses himself and is involved in training over 100 more.

To keep himself even busier following his retirement, the former striker is currently a pundit on BT Sport.

3. Wayne Rooney

The current Derby County manager has been interested in horses since he was a teenager. Wayne Rooney purchased two during his first spell at Everton.

Following his move to United in 2004, Rooney went into partnership with his wife Colleen, owning horses by the names of Switcharooney, Pippy and Tomway. They even trained at Michael Owen’s stables.

4. Paul Scholes

Another United legend and currently a pundit on BT Sport, Paul Scholes, teamed up with John O’Shea to purchase racehorses.

The duo had been owners for a number of years before their breakthrough came at Ascot in 2012 when Diaminda came in at 7/2 in the Helical Bar EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

5. David Moyes

David Moyes also got involved in horse racing during his time at Everton. His enjoyment originally came during his time playing for Cambridge United, when Newmarket was just down the road.

The current West Ham United manager had a string of good results early on, with Desert Cry scoring a notable victory at Sedgefield. However, that’s as good as it got for the Scot.

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