Yourartisonfire lands Rooney first triumph as racehorse owner… but he missed it!
15:21 GMT, 5 July 2012
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney enjoyed his first taste of victory as a racehorse owner as Yourartisonfire scored at Haydock.
Rooney – away on holiday in Los Angeles – owns the Elaine Burke-trained two-year-old in partnership with Sunderland defender John O'Shea, among others.
First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner
Sent off the 6-4 favourite in the Distinction Doors EBF Maiden Stakes, the
Dutch Art colt built on his debut fourth at Nottingham, staying on strongly
throughout the final furlong to win going away by two and a quarter lengths from 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.
Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles
'When I got him wide he picked up nicely and he'd probably even get an extra furlong the way he settled.
'He's very professional.'