Charles remembers his jockey days as Michael Owen rides into second place

Postado Novembro 25, 2017

Former England worldwide Michael Owen has finished second in his first race as a jockey.

The 37-year-old did very well too, finishing second in an amateur charity race at Ascot.

Owen, who was presented with a memento after the race by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, said: "The horse was great and I'm really pleased with how it's gone".

The former Liverpool, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker is well-known as a keen horse racing lover, but is now taking to the saddle having trained since the summer.

Since hanging up his football boots in 2013, Owen has devoted most of his time to his Manor House Stables in Cheshire and it was a horse trained there that gave him his first taste of race-riding.

Owen has lost more than a stone in weight since he started weight training in preparation for his horse racing debut. I can't keep the smile off my face and I loved it.

Between the 10 "jockeys" who took part, around £40,000 was raised through sponsorship in aid of the Prince's Countryside Fund.

"He whipped through to the front off the bend and I thought "come on now" but it was a long final furlong and I got very exhausted". "The race was good fun, but we went a little bit quicker than I'm used to".

Leading owner Sheikh Fahad finished third aboard Ghalib for David Simcock.

"I enjoyed it enough to say I would do it again".

"As the race gets closer I'm getting both nervous and excited about it", he told Racing UK.