Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti celebrates big double as his racehorse wins in France after FA Cup win
EVERTON boss Carlo Ancelotti toasted a big double on Saturday – as the Blues beat Rotherham and his horse scored in France.
The Toffees were made to sweat in the FA Cup 3rd Round, with their Championship opponents taking them into extra time.
But Ancelotti's Honor And Pleasure barely broke sweat as he hit the back of net on the all-weather at Deauville.
The four-year-old colt, who is a half-brother to the late Classic winner Sea Of Class, got off the mark at the third attempt under top jock Pierre-Charles Boudot.
He travelled strongly throughout and quickened up nicely in the closing stages to score by a length and a half – from a horse called No Brexit.
Traner Alessandro Botti told the Racing Post: "He's won this well and while I wouldn't say it was a great race, the way he did it pleased me and he has the right to progress from this.
"Carlo called me yesterday having won his match as well, so he was pretty happy.
"He wanted to know if we were heading for a nice race next, but we'll give him some more time to develop before the spring.
"He has the right to be a nice horse and I think he'll be at home on the turf."
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Ancelotti, who has won league titles in England, France, Germany and Italy, bought a 50% share in Honor And Pleasure after his half-sister Sea Of Class finished second to Enable in the 2018 Arc.
It's not the first horse that he has had an interest in, and Botti reckons they've won around 10 races together.
Botti continued: "It's been seven or eight years since we were first introduced and he had Myholydream with me, who won a maiden and ran well in a couple of black-type races here in France before being sold to Hong Kong.
"Madame Cecile won a few races, as did Il Pittore. We've probably won 10 races I'd say.
"His associate Giovanni Mauri [Ancelotti's long-time fitness coach] is really passionate about racing and when I approached them with an offer to buy 50 per cent of the brother of Sea Of Class, just after she had finished second in the Arc, they were more than happy to come on board."
Ancelotti is not the only famous football manager to have ventured into the world of horse ownership.
The most famous is Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who has won several races at the top level with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar, What A Friend and Clan Des Obeaux.
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