Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and former footballer Michael Owen own the racehorse ‘Red Power’ – United named – who made his debut at York on Wednesday.

But despite being backed in from 14-1 to 9-1, Red Power could only manage fourth in what was a closely-run affair, finishing two-and-a-half lengths behind winner Project Dante.

Fergie – who has revealed he wrote ‘goodbye letters’ to his family after his brain haemorrhage – and Owen looked to keep their hot streak going with Red Power.

Both heroes of football share a passion for racing.

And Fergie has been in red-hot form with his runners lately, scooping a £169,000 treble at the Grand National festival at Aintree last month.

Then stable star Clan Des Obeaux got one over the all-conquering Irish by landing the Punchestown Gold Cup – meaning a £269,000 windfall in the month of April alone.

Former England, Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Owen ploughed a load of money into is plush Manor House Stables.

And, under top trainer Tom Dascombe, the racing HQ in Cheshire has gone from strength to strength.

Dascombe saw 16-1 shot Flaming Rib – co-owned by Owen – land the spoils at Nottingham last week.

And 13-2 chance Mercurial won by a head the day before, with the trainer operating at a decent 12 per cent strike rate over the past fortnight.  – The Sun.

Photo: The Mirror.

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