England and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney has bought a racehorse.
The high-profile new owner will have the as yet unnamed colt in training in 2012 as a two-year-old.
The colt, by Bahamian Bounty and out of Amazing Beauty, will be trained by Tom Dascombe, and reportedly cost 60,000 guineas.
The trainer is based at footballer Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire. Wayne and his wife Coleen visited the yard last month, prior to buying the horse.
Michael enjoyed success with Brown Panther as a three-year-old this year, winning the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and coming second in the St Leger.
Coleen is a regular attendee of the Grand National meeting at Aintree, while Wayne occasionally goes to Chester. It is believed the colours the Rooneys have chosen are pink and white.
Other owners from football include Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick, Joey Barton, Jonathan Woodgate and Tom Cleverley.