Michael Owen makes £36,000 gamble on star sprinter Flaming Rib winning blockbuster July Cup at Newmarket | The Sun

MICHAEL OWEN has made a £36,000 gamble on star sprinter Flaming Rib.

The former England hero, 42, has coughed up the cash so the three-year-old colt can run in Saturday's blockbuster Darley July Cup.

An unlucky runner-up at Group 1 and Group 2 level in his previous two runs, former Liverpool striker Owen reckons now is the time for his stable star to strike.

Flaming Rib was not entered for the Newmarket showpiece.

So Owen and the horse's three other co-owners have paid the £36,000 supplementary fee.

He needs to finish third or better otherwise the owners will end up out of pocket.

A best-price 10-1 shot, the Hugo Palmer-trained runner will renew rivalries with his Royal Ascot conqueror Perfect Power as well as fancied Australian runner Artorius.

Charlie Appleby's Naval Crown, the shock 33-1 winner of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, and stablemate Creative Force are also expected to run.

Most read in Horse Racing

CRITICAL CONDITION

'Most beautiful' jockey fighting for her life after horrific fall

FIVER FLUTTER

Bash the bookies with these three tips on Tuesday including a 12-1 shot

TEMPLEGATE'S TIPS

My NAP is perfectly poised to strike for her billionaire owner

HEDGING HIS BETS

Horse jumps full speed into bush as jockey gets dumped on his bum

OFFERS OF THE DAY

William Hill: Bet £10 GET £30 in free bets – CLAIM HERE

Betfair Bet £10 Get £30CLAIM HERE

Paddy Power: Bet £/€20 and get it back as Cash if it Loses – CLAIM HERE

Sky BetBet anything and get £30 in Free BetsCLAIM HERE

William Hill: 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply. Begambleaware.org

Betfair – Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly 18+ begambleaware.org

Paddy Power: Bet £/€20 and get it back as Cash if it Loses – New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Apple Pay will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £/€10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £/€10+. T&Cs apply. 18+ Begambleaware.org

Sky Bet: NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY,FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY, 5p MINIMUM STAKE, 3 x £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+ BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG

But Owen reckons Flaming Rib – who would win £356,000 with victory, £135,000 for second and £68,000 for third – deserves his place in the star-studded line-up.

And a shot at revenge with Commonwealth Cup hero Perfect Power.

He told Nick Luck: "He ran a great race at Ascot and is as tough as nails with a fair amount of ability.

"If we thought he was a Group 1 horse then he would have been in the race already!

"The improvement over his last couple of races has astounded us.

"He is a Group 1 type of horse and we have to give him a chance.

"The supplementary fee – that's how much the horse cost himself! We have to give him every opportunity to fulfil his potential.

"But he owes us nothing, he only cost £35,000 and has taken us everywhere and is so honest, he's tough with a great atttidue.

"We'd be foolish not to send him into this type of company.

"Fourth or better from a financial point of view would be great but it's not the priority, we want to race in the best races."

FREE BETS GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE

Commercial content notice: Taking one of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in a payment to The Sun. 18+. T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org

Remember to gamble responsibly

A responsible gambler is someone who:

  • Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
  • Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
  • Never chases their losses
  • Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
  • Gamcare – www.gamcare.org.uk
  • Gamble Aware – www.begambleaware.org

    Source: Read Full Article