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Former England soccer star ‘delighted’ with jockey debut at Ascot

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Former England soccer player Michael Owen made his debut as a jockey at Ascot Racecourse on Friday and finished with an impressive second place in front of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Owen, who remains the youngest player to reach 100 Premier League goals, was thrilled with his finish in the charity event as he rode Calder Prince in an event staged to raise funds for the Prince’s Countryside Trust. Owen led towards the end of the seven-furlong race but was eventually overhauled bHorse racing at AscotGolden Wedding.

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Owen utilizes a number of veterinary products since retiring from soccer in 2013. He has long held an interest in racing, breeding and owning horses out of his stables in Cheshire in northwest England.

“The horse was great and I’m really pleased with how it’s gone. I can’t keep the smile off my face, I loved it,” said Owens, who had never been on a horse before March, 2017.

“They seemed to go really quick, it was the fastest I’ve ever been on a horse, but the horse slowed into the back and whipped up on the inside and all of a sudden I was in front – I was thinking ‘come on now’.”

The former England, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker was one of 10 amateur jockeys to take part in the race. He said he hopes to continue to be a jockey but will likely only ride in charity races.

“It was such good fun and I’m really pleased with the whole outcome,” Owen said, via The Telegraph. “My horse ran a cracking race and I’m delighted to be second.

“I’d like to think plenty of good will come out of it, lots of money raised for charity. We’re all home in one piece and I had the time of my life.”

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