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Ex-England striker’s horse wins Goodwood Cup

August 1, 2013

GOODWOOD, England (AP) — Brown Panther, bred and part-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, won the Goodwood Cup on Thursday.

Running over 2 miles for only the second time in his career, the 5-year-old and 13-to-2 shot showed plenty of stamina to beat Ahzeemah by 3½ lengths at the Goodwood Festival.

Owen says “there is a lot of heritage in this race and it’s a fabulous race to win.”

The 33-year-old Owen recently retired from soccer after playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke.

He says “with football you always feel you’re in some sort of control ... but this racing game is so tough on the nerves, you’re powerless. You send your jockey out to ride and you hope your trainer has got him spot-on.”

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