Michael Owen open to prospect of branching out Manor House Stables to National Hunt racing
Racehorse owner and breeder Michael Owen has refused to rule out the prospect of branching out his Manor House Stables to National Hunt racing in the future.
The former England striker’s yard currently focuses on the flat, with which he has had huge success over the years. Brown Panther won the Irish St Leger five years ago and just two months ago Owen had another moment to savour when Angel Alexander won the Ayr Gold Cup.
Owen was introduced to horse racing by his father and the 39-year-old has a huge passion for the sport, so much so that he is open to the possibility of having more National Hunt racehorses at his Cheshire base.
Michael Owen is open to prospect of branching out Manor House Stables to National Hunt
‘We’ll never say never,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘At the minute my stables are geared to flat racing but of course there’s such a cross over and so many trainers out there that combine both.
‘As we stand we’ve had an amazing year on the flat that Tom Dascombe [Trainer], myself and Andrew Black [Business partner], we focus on the flat.
‘If we ever got sent a horse that we thought could be exceptional over jumps or anything else like that I’m sure Tom would want to train it.
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‘But we don’t go out there looking for business let’s say in the jumping game but never say never, you never know what’s around the corner.
‘At the moment my business is the flat but I just love horse racing full stop so the jumps season I keep a keen eye on and I’ve owned loads of jumpers over the years. I’ve definitely got an interest but as I say business wise it’s all about the flat.’
Owen, who scored 40 goals in 89 caps for England, has revealed that he is relishing the chance to see how Caffe Macchiato – the one jumper he has – fares this season.
His yard currently focuses on the flat, with which he has had huge success over the years. Brown Panther (above) won the Irish St Leger at the Curragh five years ago
Owen, who played for Liverpool and Real Madrid, scored 40 goals in 89 caps for England
‘Andrew Black, my partner owns it but he’s going to do a nice deed and stick it into my Racing Club to give us a bit of fun over the winter.
‘I think we’re going to have four flat horses and one jumper [in the Michael Owen Racing Club] and that jumper is going to be this horse Caffe Macchiato so that’s going to be exciting for this year because he could be quite promising.’
During his football career Owen played at a host of sensational sporting venues and following a much-anticipated clash at Anfield last Sunday, another spectacular sporting theatre takes centre stage this weekend as the curtain rises on Cheltenham’s November meeting on Friday.
‘I think most people still view this meeting as the real kick-start of all the big racing so I think that’s an exciting thing,’ Owen said.
‘Cheltenham – it’s just a wonderful sporting arena, there’s not many better. I’ve stood there in the stands watching and I don’t think there’s a better view in racing. It’s exciting, it’s almost the unofficial kick-start of the jumps season and plenty of good horses running.’
Owen is a BetVictor ambassador and looked ahead to the weekend’s meeting at Cheltenham
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