FOOTBALLER Wayne Rooney has splashed out on two racehorses from the Malpas training yard owned by fellow Manchester United striker Michael Owen.

The England and Manchester United striker treated the pair to two yearling colts at s63,000 each, from the Manor House Stables owned by Owen, after reportedly being given a guided tour of the stables two weeks ago.

Both horses will be kept at Manor House where they will be trained by Tom Dascombe, who co-owns Manor House Stables.

Dascombe said on his website: "We are obviously delighted to formally announce that Wayne and Coleen Rooney will have two horses in training with us next season.

"We hope that Waynes involvement will bring the sport some publicity outside of the normal racing media and hopefully attract some new fans and followers.

"We wish Wayne and Coleen all the best with both horses and hope to see them both out early next season", he added.