Former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid footballer, Michael Owen has signed a two-year deal with Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536/UPC 411/Freeview 231) to act as an ambassador and regular contributor to the specialist horseracing broadcaster.
Owen is a renowned horseracing enthusiast, who owns and manages Manor House Stables, a Cheshire training yard with 90 thoroughbreds, including the top-class Royal Ascot winner, Brown Panther.
The agreement will see the former England footballer make regular appearances on the TV channel, including punditry roles, as well as partaking in marketing and digital campaigns, and subscriber days at the stables.
Owen said: “I am delighted to be joining Racing UK and linking up with a racing partner who supports the industry. Hopefully, we can work together in growing the appeal of this wonderful sport.”
Racing UK’s Director of Marketing, Clive Cottrell, added: “Michael is hugely passionate and knowledgeable about racing, as evidenced by his fantastic state-of-the-art set-up at Manor House Stables. He is one of the country’s best-loved sportsmen and his tremendous appeal will add to the channel’s output and bring horseracing to a new audience.”