Saturday 16 December 2017

Racehorse owner Wayne Rooney sees horse finish last at Chester debut

WAYNE Rooney made an inauspicious start as a racehorse owner when Pippy, his first runner, finished last in the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester.

The two-year-old colt, making his debut, was always towards the rear after a slow start and he never got into the race which was run on rain-softened ground.

However, his jockey Richard Kingscote made sure the Tom Dascombe-trained youngster, wearing the colours of the Manchester United and England soccer star and his wife Coleen, got some experience without giving him a hard race in the testing conditions.

"When I went down to the stables I was very impressed and I've got three horses there now," said Rooney.

"The name was just what my wife got called when she was younger."

Meanwhile at the head of affairs, All Fur Coat (9-2) made her racecourse knowledge count as the Jo Hughes-trained filly ran out a convincing winner on her third start.

Ridden by course specialist Franny Norton, she sailed to victory by two and three-quarter lengths from the 11-4 favourite Just Past Andover with Baddilini a further length and a quarter away in third.

Only eight horses took part after five were pulled out and Dreamy Ciara was withdrawn after unshipping Padraig Beggy at the start.

Norton said: "I love riding her but it's very hard to pick up rides.

"The ground is pretty soft but I've got through it OK."

The winner is a daughter of the unheralded stallion Multiplex, who stands at owner Richard Kent's stud.

"Multiplex did very well last year, he had 19 winners from 21 runners, and Jo had his best filly last year and it looks the case again," said Kent.

Hughes said: "They (Multiplex's progeny) are very straightforward and tough and make it easy for you.

"I had Luv U Forever last year and All Fur Coat this year and the pair of them have been easy.

"She shows a lot of speed but you've got to handle the turns at Chester.

"We booked Franny because there's nobody better round here."

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