Wayne Rooney buys two horses to be trained at Michael Owen's yard

Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen
Wayne Rooney's unnamed horse will be housed at Michael Owen's yard

Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney has bought two horses which are set to go into training with Tom Dascombe.

Dascombe's yard, which houses almost 100 horses, was purchased by Rooney's United team-mate Michael Owen in 2007.

Rooney paid a recent visit to the Manor House Stables in Cheshire and was so impressed he decided to buy the horses, one of which is called Tomway.

Dascombe enjoyed success this year with stable star Brown Panther.

The trainer said on his websiteexternal-link: "We are obviously delighted to formally announce that Wayne and Coleen Rooney will have two horses in training with us next season.

"We hope that Wayne's involvement will bring the sport some publicity outside of the normal racing media and hopefully attract some new fans and followers.

"Wayne and Coleen's two horses are a two-year-old colt called Tomway and a yearling colt by Bahamian Bounty out of Amazon Beauty, yet to be named. Wayne's colours are pink and white."

After winning at Royal Ascot, the colt went on to finish second in the final Classic of the Flat season, the St Leger at Doncaster.

Brown Panther's success has helped Dascombe to 51 winners this year and more than £500,000 in prize money. In 2010 he had 37 winners and won £435,000 in prize money.