Wayne Rooney’s new mane has been the talk of the tabloids in recent weeks, but it was the purchase of another type of mane which saw the England and Manchester striker hit the front pages of the racing papers.
The Racing Post is reporting that Wayne bought a race horse as a Christmas gift for his wife Coleen. Last month the couple visited Manor House Stables which is part owned by Rooney’s team mate Michael Owen. Shortly afterwards Wayne announced that he was buying the horse and having it trained by Tom Dascombe.
After the purchase Owen said “Wayne and Coleen have not chosen a name for him yet, but they've picked their colours, which I think are predominantly pink, with white piping.” With Wayne adding: “I'm really excited to have a horse at Manor House Stables. Michael showed me and my family around last month and I was very impressed with the facilities and with Tom Dascombe.
These days the Manchester United team is looking more like a racing syndicate than a football club. Manager Alex Ferguson owns the Grand National hopeful ‘What A Friend‘. Other players and ex-players with shares or full ownership in horses include: Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick, John O'Shea,Wes Brown and now Wayne Rooney.”
It’s reported that Rooney paid £63,000 for the young colt, which is expected to start running in 2012.