Students urged to make the clever move and become owners like Owen and Sir Alex

By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

The chance of joining the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen in the ranks of owners is being offered to 200 students.

Successful applicants will get a chance to participate closely in the career of Tae Kwon Do, who is in training with Tim Vaughan.

The five-year-old was previously trained by Julie Camacho and managed five places but no wins in 25 starts.

Celebrations: Sir Alex enjoys success with his horse What A Friend and jockey Ruby Walsh at Aintree last year

Celebrations: Sir Alex enjoys success with his horse What A Friend and jockey Ruby Walsh at Aintree last year

The ownership initiative is attempting to build on the successful efforts by Racing For Change to reinvigorate interest in university racing clubs.

The theory is that, when successful later in life, these students will return as full blown owners.

It is also hoped the idea will reinforce the idea in young, new racegoers that a day at the races can be more than just a good day out and the chance to have a few beers.

Tae Kwon Do is set for a summer jumping campaign and the 200 owners will be picked from a special competition.

To be considered you must log on to and describe in only 200 words why racing is great.  

Talking of Racing For Change, they have spent much time trying to increase the media profile of racing which got a tangential mention on TV on Thursday evening.

The life of a traveller in C4's bizarre Big Fat Gypsy Wedding featured a young couple at Epsom on Derby Day preparing for their forthcoming nuptials.

RFC had no part in this piece of publicity which probably did little to sell the Epsom experience to non-racing folk.  


Controversial footballer-turned-pundit Stan Collymore has a new string to his bow.

This week he announced that he is to be an ambassador to the new gaming website

Details of how Bodugi will work have yet to be announced.

It's online home page describes how it will deliver an exciting new way to bet and test skills against your mates. Yet it stresses it is not a betting exchange or online bookmaker.

Whatever shapes emerges for the new site, it seems bound to come under the scrutiny of rival operators of all kinds.  

It will be interesting if a change of leadership at the Racehorse Owners Association brings any change of style and approach.

Rachel Hood, wife of Newmarket trainer John Gosden, is to take over as President from the imposing figure of Paul Dixon when he stands down at the end of his four-year period of office.

Dixon could be quite confrontational in his approach. Hood is a lawyer by profession with a mild manner that masks fierce determination.

She has been at the forefront of attempts to see off Lord Derby' s controversial development plans for his Newmarket estate.


Shoreachres managed to shrug of an absence of more than a year to win at Taunton this week.

Useful but fragile best describes him and trainer  Brendan Powell is not optimistic that the ground will be soft enough for him to run at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is not ruling out a shot at a novice handicap at the Punchestown Festival.