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Racing: Owen's Panther pounces in Goodwood Cup


Former England international Michael Owen hit the back of the net at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday when his Brown Panther took the Group Two Goodwood Cup.

Owen, who also bred the 13-2 winner, was on hand to watch as Brown Panther powered clear of his rivals to score by almost four lengths.

Behind the Tom Dascombe-trained victor came Akzeemah with Germany's Altano, stablemate to last Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero Novellist, in third.

Mount Athos failed to justify his position at the head of the betting, Luca Cumani's charge trailing in eighth in the two mile marathon.

Owen, who retired from football at the end of last season, was thrilled with this success - one of his biggest wins as an owner/breeder.

The former Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United striker told Channel 4 television: "With football you always feel you're in some sort of control.

"You and your team-mates are in 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. I was a little bit excited."

Owen, who was playing for Stoke when he hung up his boots for good in May, added: "As long as he didn't bomb out today we were thinking Irish St Leger and then Melbourne Cup, so, on that performance, I don't see why we should change our mind."