Manchester United star Wayne Rooney got his first win as a racehorse owner when Yourartisonfire scored at Haydock Park. Yourartisonfire is trained by Elaine Burke and owned in partnership with Sunderland defender John O’Shea.
In its debut race, the two-year-old colt overcame a tardy start to place fourth at Nottingham. On Thursday, he was marked as a 6-4 betting favourite in the Distinction Doors EBF Maiden Stakes. Yourartisonfire exerted through the final furlong to win by two and a quarter lengths over Mayaasem.
Winning jockey Michael Metcalfe told Racing UK: “They went quite steady – you can sit and wait but I thought I would get him rolling and I always thought he would pick them up in the end. When I got him wide he picked up nicely and he’d probably even get an extra furlong the way he settled.”
Also on Thursday, it was announced that Frankie Dettori will carry the Olympic flame when it reaches Ascot on Tuesday, July 10. The 41-year-old Italian jockey will make his way through Ascot High Street and the parade ring.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to carry the Olympic flame, especially at a track that holds such happy memories for me. I’ll be watching when the flame reaches its final destination and the Olympic Games can begin,” the Italian rider told PAA.