Former England international striker Michael Owen has been named Ambassador for the QIPCO British Champions Series.
Owen, who scored 150 Premier League goals in his time with Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as 40 for England, is already a racehorse owner and will offer advice, insights and support in his role for the series, which comprises 35 Flat races culminating at Ascot on British Champions Day in October, 2013.
Michael, who owns several racehorses comments, ‘I’m delighted to be able to utilise my experience from Premiership football and my passion for racing in order to bring younger audiences into the sport. Flat racing in Britain is the best in the world and the QIPCO British Champions Series and Champions Day showcase races no sports fan should miss.’
Rod Street, chief executive of British Champions Series, said: “We’re delighted to have Michael as part of our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the footballing world which, combined with his deep understanding of horseracing and global profile, will help us immensely to bring new audiences to racing.”
He went on: “We are committed to confirming the role of British Champions Series as one of the UK’s key sporting highlights alongside events such as the Ashes, Wimbledon and FA Cup Final, and believe Michael’s profile and industry knowledge will speed our progress towards this goal.
“British horseracing hosts many of the most important races in the world with British Champions Day providing the highest-rated race on the planet two years running. With Michael’s help we can get this message to more sports fans.”
Owen co-owns Manor House Stables in Cheshire, a yard established by Owen and his wife in 2007, and the base of trainer Tom Dascombe.
Internationally, Owen first played for the senior England team in 1998, becoming England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time. His performance at the 1998 FIFA World Cup brought him to national and international prominence and he went on to score in UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004. He is the only player to have scored in four major tournaments for England. He played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup but suffered an injury which took him a year to recover from. Occasionally playing as captain, he is England’s tenth most-capped player and has scored a national record of 26 competitive goals, with 40 in total from 89 appearances, most recently in 2008.