A BILLIONAIRE former Manchester United owner's son offered a brand new £250,000 Ferrari to racing fans – and it was eventually won by one lucky horse trainer.

The incredible gesture was part of an amazing bonus scheme dreamed up by racing tycoon Tom Magnier.

To be in with a chance of winning the car, you must buy a horse and see it win one of 16 selected qualifying races.

The horse you buy must be one of the yearling crop of Justify, the unbeaten superstar of US racing who won connections £2,813,333 from just six races.

His offspring will hit Australasian sale rings early this year.

Justify's stud fee is more than £75,000 and his progeny was highly sought after.

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Tom, who is based in Australia, faced a dilemma after his horse Learning To Fly won the Inglish Millennium last month.

Coolmore, the global racing operation Magnier Snr runs, own the horse.

Tom couldn't hand himself the keys to the car – so instead gave them to winning trainer Annabel Neasham.

The car is powered by a 3.9litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, has a top speed of 224mph and can 0-62mph in just three seconds flat.

Before the competition kicked off Magnier, whose dad John owned Man Utd before selling to the Glazers and is said to be worth around £1.9billion, explained why he had put the idea together.

He said: "In the past, other farms have offered cash bonuses as incentives for various first-crop sires.

"However, with a stallion as special as Justify, we thought it was appropriate to reward the owners of the first Group 1-winning Justify with a Ferrari.

"Ferraris and Justify have so much in common.

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"They are both fast, red, powerful and incredibly stunning, and given the quality of his stock that we have seen, we’re convinced that we will be giving one away.

"Justify is the only US Triple Crown winner to ever retire undefeated and is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary horses to shuttle to Australia.

Which race you need to win

Eligible races for two-year-olds (2022/23 season):

• R. Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic

• R. Listed Karaka Million 2YO

• R. Listed Inglis Millennium

• G1 Blue Diamond S.

• G1 Golden Slipper S.

• G1 ATC Sires’ Produce S.

• G1 Champagne S.

• G1 JJ Atkins S.

Eligible races for three-year-olds (2023/24 season):

• G1 Golden Rose S.

• G1 Caulfield Guineas

• The Everest

• G1 Cox Plate

• G1 Coolmore Stud S.

• G1 Randwick Guineas

• G1 Rosehill Guineas

• G1 Queen Elizabeth S.

"Ever since it was announced that he was shuttling, he has been met with an incredible response by Australasian breeders, and he covered an unbelievable book of mares in his first season.

"We could not be happier with the quality of the Justify stock that we have at Coolmore, and reports from all of our clients with Justify yearlings to sell and race has been overwhelmingly complimentary.

"We couldn’t be more confident about Justify leaving his mark on the Australian breeding landscape in the future, and we are so excited by what is to come."


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