Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen win with £120,000 horse Red Power

Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen gained a first win with their Manchester United-themed racehorse.

Red Power, a £120,000 purchase, took Ayr's Join Racing TV Now Novice Stakes (1.13) on Wednesday.

The two-year-old was sent off the 11-4 favourite as punters put their faith in Alistair Rawlinson's mount.

They did face a nervy few moments however, as the horse drifted out markedly to the left approaching the furlong, which let the pack close.

Three rivals had every chance of overtaking the juvenile, but he battled on well to hold off Monsieur Jumbo by a neck.

Red Power hit a speed of 42mph in the closing stages of the six furlong sprint.

It was his second run after he took fourth place on debut at York 21 days ago.

Owen, who had three seasons at Manchester United, scoring five goals, owns Manor House Stables where many of his horses are trained by Tom Dascombe.

He also has Mr McCann in his care, a colt owned by five Liverpool stars.

Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson joined forces with Adam Lallana for the venture.

Named after Anfield press officer Matt McCann, the £65,000 sprinter finished third at Leicester yesterday.

The partnership will hope to win races like Fergie has over the years.

Last month at Aintree's Grand National meeting, he celebrated a stunning treble, with Clan Des Obeaux's Grade 1 the highlight.

He then went on to defeat the Irish on their home turf in the Punchestown Gold Cup – some compensation for their dominant performance at the Cheltenham Festival.

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