Michael Owen Former England striker saddles up for Ascot charity horse race

Owen has long shown a keen interest in horse racing and has built up a five-star training establishment.

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Michael Owen scored 40 goals in his 89 appearances for England play

Michael Owen scored 40 goals in his 89 appearances for England

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Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England striker Michael Owen is to try his hand at horse racing in a charity race taking place in November this year.

Owen, who won the 2001 Ballon d'Or, has long shown a keen interest in horse racing and has built up a five-star training establishment near his home in Cheshire, northwest England.

He only rode a horse for the first time earlier this year, but plans to race in an event at Ascot organised by The Prince's Countryside Fund on November 24.

"It has been a long-term ambition of mine to learn how to ride and race, but as a professional footballer it was not possible," Owen, 37, said in a press release issued on Wednesday.

"Now I have set myself the target of competing in The Prince's Countryside Fund Charity Race on Friday 24th November 2017 at Ascot.

"It's a brilliant cause and I can't wait to get started; it is going to take a lot of hard work over the next few months, but I am really looking forward to it."

Owen made 89 appearances for England, scoring 40 goals, and also played for Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City.

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