It’s known as the Sport of Kings and Wayne and Coleen Rooney hope to rub shoulders in winners’ enclosures with horse-racing’s royalty.
The couple have spent part of their fortune on two racehorses as Christmas treats.
Coleen is a regular visitor to the Grand National and Wayne is also a fan, so they’ve now splashed £100,000 on two colts.
They will be kept at United team-mate Michael Owen’s stables, where top trainer Tom Dascombe will be tasked with turning them into winners.
Wayne, 26, has named one Tomway after his dad – full name Thomas Wayne Rooney – but it is not yet known what Coleen, 25, has called hers.
A spokesman for the Rooneys last night confirmed the purchases – and the couple will hope to emulate former England striker Owen, who has enjoyed huge success this year with his stable star Brown Panther.
The yard said: “Wayne’s been here and liked what he saw. If his horse is the next Brown Panther, that would be amazing.”
They are not the only family members to have been smitten by the gee-gees. Their son Kai, two, had his first riding lesson in September. Rooney and Owen, together with United midfielder Tom Cleverley and magician Dynamo, spent yesterday at the Manor House Stables in Cheshire.
Owen posted a picture on Twitter and wrote: “Unbelievable interest in @Wayne Rooney new horse.”
Wayne was believed last night to have choosen pink and white as his racing colours.
A source said: “Wayne and Coleen are passionate about the sport and it’s a hobby they enjoy together.’’
Source: The Mirror