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Wayne Rooney's horse Pippy only manages last place in first race

Wayne Rooney

May 10, 2012 - London

Wayne Rooney, who is one of the most talented sportsmen, was probably wishing just a little bit of that talent had rubbed off on his latest investment on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old footballer and his wife Coleen watched their racehorse manage only a last-place finish during its debut race in the pouring rain.

The couple huddled under an umbrella at Chester Races looking far from impressed.

Rooney bought the two-year-old colt for 63,000-pounds last month, perhaps trying to emulate his manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who owns champion racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.

The couple named their horse Pippy, which Rooney explained was his wife's childhood nickname.

But the England star, who admitted that he had a 'few quid' on Pippy, had to watch his horse struggle home following a slow start.

Pippy is one of three horses belonging to Rooney, which are all kept at the Manor House Stables in Cheshire - owned by teammate Michael Owen.

Meanwhile, Coleen Rooney decided to ignore the less than desirable weather as she arrived at Chester races today wearing a cream shorts suit and white vest top, paired with the obligatory pair of sky-high Christian Louboutin snakeskin heels.

The 26-year-old star was at the races to cheer on her and husband Wayne's bay colt Pippy, who made his debut at the opening race of the meeting, the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Stakes, this afternoon.

Coleen's choice of outfit could have something to do with the fact that she and Wayne chose the colours pink and white for their jockeys.

Coleen looked more than excited as she made her way into the enclosure ahead of the race, grinning at the waiting photographers.

Pippy is just one of three horses the pair purchased to be trained by Tom Dascombe.

"Pippy is fine. He's quite a nice little horse, but we're obviously throwing him in at the deep end," the Daily Mail quoted Dascombe as saying ahead of the race.

"We couldn't be sure Pippy would get in the maiden later in the week, so we'll try him in the Lily Agnes and see what happens.

"The draw is obviously all important and he isn't drawn badly (stall five). He'll be doing his best and if he doesn't win, I'm sure he'll win a maiden in the not too distant future," he added.


Photo: Gordon Flood

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