Now that Wayne Rooney has decided on a name for the two-year-old horse he has in training with Tom Dascombe, Ladbrokes have opened a couple of novelty markets in relation to the horse. They are offering 4/1 that he wins his first race, and 16/1 that he beats a horse owned by either teammate Michael Owen or Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson into second place in any race this season.
You would have to be barking mad to go anywhere near either of these markets and I'm sure no self-respecting GeeGeez reader would ever consider it. But Man Utd will always have more money than sense, and I dare say the same applies to some of their supporters who will bet on anything related to the team, no matter how marginally.
Rooney had wanted to call his horse Oceans Seven, but the British Horseracing Authority turned down the name. He’s now settled on the name Switcharooney for his 60,000 guineas purchase. Dascombe says that like all his two-year-olds Switcharooney has wintered well, and although it's too early to be definite, the trainer clearly has Chepstow's May meeting in mind for a possible racecourse debut.
He said, "We have gone very easy on all our two-year-olds, including Switcharooney, but we have been lucky with the weather so far this winter he will run when he is ready. Most of our owners like to run their horses at Chester as it's our local track so he could run there if he's ready."