With the Grand National being the biggest event on the British sporting calendar this weekend, we can expect to see plenty of coverage from Aintree and where there’s media coverage, there’s usually a host of famous people in attendance. Owning racehorses is a great hobby and investment for sports stars. We’ve taken a look at some famous faces from the world of football who just so happen to be racehorse owners, some of whom you could see at Aintree today.
Sir Alex Ferguson
The former Manchester United manager has a bit more spare time on his hands these days, although being busy never kept him away from racecourses in the past! His most famous horse was Rock Of Gibraltar, who features heavily in his autobiography. The ex-Man United boss also had a horse which was named after his legendary half-time team talks; Hairdryer.
Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman
The former England and Liverpool teammates co-own a large number of horses through their company, The Macca and Growler Partnership.
The England captain decided to follow in his former manager’s footsteps and invest in some horses too. Pippy, Switcharooney and Yourartisonfire are just three of the horses he has money invested in.
Barton may not have the best reputation amongst football fans, but that didn’t stop him investing in a racehorse. He named it Crying Lightning after the Arctic Monkeys song of the same name.
The former football manager has a keen interest in horses and has so for a very long time. His most famous horse is Moviesta, who won the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood back in 2013.
The former England striker has a massive interest in racing and invested a huge amount of money to launch his successful racing operation from the Manor House stables back in 2007.
When the former England international Mick Channon retired from a career in football that lasted over 20 years, he became an assistant trainer, before becoming a licensed trainer himself back in 1990. He’s trained numerous Grade 1 winners, such as Music Show and Samitar.
Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool star Joe Cole owns Poppanan, who won The Betfair Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series Handicap Stakes at Windsor back in 2010.
Sir Alex isn’t the only former Man United manager to have an interest in racing. David Moyes co-owns Desert Cry and explained why he got involved in racing: “I wanted a bit of fun, something to take us away from the football now and again.”
The former England manager owns numerous horses and his former teammate, Mick Channon, trains the for him.
Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn decided to become a trainer after hanging up his boots. His training licence was revoked in March 2001 after he was found guilty of neglecting three horses in his care. He was originally banned for two and a half years but this was reduced on appeal to 18 months and he resumed his training career in 2003.
Paul Scholes and John O'Shea
Former Man United teammates Paul Scholes and John O’Shea owned numerous horses. The most famous was Diaminda, who won The Helical Bar EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot in 2012.