By Simon Jackson.
Michael Owen, the ex-England international footballer and now a prominent racehorse owner, is among 16 of racing’s biggest stars to reveal their resolutions for 2015.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke City striker has significant interests in horse-racing and is one of the three partners in Manor House Stables in Cheshire, along with Andrew Black and trainer Tom Dascombe.
Stable star Brown Panther led the way for Manor House in 2014, winning the Group 1 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh in September and a brace of Group 3s earlier in the year.
Winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Brown Panther is Owen’s goal for 2015. His target was in line with many of the respondents whose specific resolutions include success at Royal Ascot and Cheltenham or, as one already highly-successful figure said: “I’m just going to try to do better.”
Meanwhile another individual, who has a string of records to his name and pretty much every jump racing gong safely stashed in the trophy cabinet, simply wants to master the art of sending a text message.
Health-related goals also featured prominently; with a top jump jockey making a renewed commitment to finally start eating vegetables. By contrast a reduction of chocolate and coffee intake was also amongst several health-related goals for next year.
Resolutions for 2015:
Michael Owen – Brown Panther to win The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Nicky Henderson – For the third year running, the aim is to learn to send a text message.
Jason Maguire – Ride more winners and eat less Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Aidan Coleman – Start eating vegetables.
Sam Twiston-Davies – Try not to swear so much.
Jamie Snowden – Train another Cheltenham Festival winner.
Richard Johnson – Go riding with my children more.
Dan Skelton – Train more winners and drink less coffee.
William Kennedy – Be more positive and more organized.
Leighton Aspell – Ride fewer seconds.
George Baker – Go to Church more.
Daryl Jacob – Ride more winners.
Paul Nicholls – Try to do better.
Oisin Murphy – Ride in all the British Champions Series races during the season.
Mick Fitzgerald – Try and convince myself that vegetables and salad are good for me!
Tanya Stevenson – Drive a Maserati, even just for a test run.
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