May 9 2012 By Antonia Jones
Wayne and Coleen Rooney
FOOTBALL superstar Wayne Rooney will be hoping for more luck on the pitch this weekend than he had at Chester Races today. (see picture gallery below)
The Manchester United and England striker and his wife Coleen saw their horse Pippy race for the first time - and finish last in the opening race at the prestigious May meeting at the Roodee course.
He took a day out from training for the final game of the Premiership season on Sunday by joining wife Coleen at Chester Racecourse.
And even though two-year-old colt Pippy finished last in the five-furlong spring Lily Agnes Stakes, the Rooney's were obviously delighted to see their horse make its debut.Pippy is trained at the Manor House Stables in Malpas owned by fellow Manchester United striker Michael Owen.
And several Everton squad members including Tim Cahill, Marouane Fellaini and England International Phil Jagielka, also enjoyed the race day.
Wet weather greeted punters at the racecourse today on the first of three days of world class racing which marks the start of the season at the Chester venue.
The highlight of today was the StanJames.com Chester Cup which provides an early season test over the stamina-sapping distance of two miles and two furlongs. The race was won by Cheshire-based trainer Donald McCain's Ile De Re, ridden by Jim Crowley.
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