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From the Sport of the People to the Sport of Kings
04/11/13

What could be a better career choice for an ex professional footballer who was at the top of his game for many years and now has a nice pile of cash to show for it than horse racing?

Just ask Michael Owen who may have retired from Premiership and international football but is now focused on his own racing stables, deep in the heart of Cheshire.

Michael Owen with Brown Panther
© Caroline Norris

Michael Owen with Brown Panther

Learning to ride

Owen is being taught how to ride himself by his wife Louise, and hopes to participate in a charity race as a jockey next year. And, of course, owning the stables means he gets to pick the best horse for him to ride on.

He said: “I’ll make sure it’s one that’s quiet and not going to throw me off. I think it’d be really exciting to take part in a race and hopefully make some money for charity.”

Watching the races

It was horse racing on TV and the fact that he always used to help his dad pick horses for his weekly accumulator bets, that started Owen’s interest in horses.

Of course, having the money from his professional footballing career means he could afford to get into racehorse ownership in a way that many other enthusiasts just can’t. And it’s very much paying off for Owen.

One of his first horses, Treble Heights, gave birth to his current star horse, Brown Panther, who won the 2013 Goodwood Cup, and goes for this year's Melbourne Cup. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Brown Panther’s odds at The Greek Sportsbook where you can lay bets on his future performance if you think he’s a winner.

Manor House Stables

Brown Panther is one of around 100 horses housed by Owen and his business partner. The stables are run by trainer Tom Dascombe and are luxurious to say the least.

Having a huge amount of experience with muscle recovery and what training can do to the body, Owen has installed some vibrating panels for the horses. They are proven to help with blood flow and show how seriously he is taking his venture.

Out of the 100 horses at the stables, five are owned by Owen himself and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He said: "The idea is to keep cracking on: more horses, more quality of horses, and becoming bigger and better and competing in the biggest races around the world on a consistent basis. This place is about winning. We don't just want to take part, and that's why you have the drive and ambition to succeed."

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