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Former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen was pretty cool in front of goal during his playing days, but is clearly much less composed when one of his horses wins on the track.
The 41-year-old has enjoyed a rather successful second career since his football playing days, augmenting his income as a pundit with earnings from the top class stables Manor House, which he owns.
Ever Given, a two-and-a-half-year-old colt based at the stables with renowned trainer Tom Dascombe, came home first in a race on day two of the Ebor festival at York on Thursday.
The £98,000 winner sparked scenes of jubilation as Owen, Dascombe and a group of friends celebrated the steed's success.
It comes after they won another £36,000 on the first day, and another high-profile success for the stables in June when Mr McCann, owned by Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andy Robertson, won £65,000 at Haydock in July.
Owen said he and his friends, who all own a 25% stake across four horses, have had "a pretty good year".
Unlike the infamous container ship he is named after, it has been smooth sailing for winner Ever Given – "the stand-out" horse among those owned by Owen's group.
The former footballer said: "I've had horses all my life but when you're sharing it with mates, a few good lads, it's particularly special.
"You never get bored of a big race winner."
When asked by a reporter at the racecourse if he had such good friends when he was playing for England, Owen said: "Not really, no!"
"To be a striker you've got to be selfish," he joked.
Owen will be heading to Doncaster next week for more horse action, while he will also be gearing up to once again play his part as a pundit for BT Sport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League.
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