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Snooker world champ Kyren Wilson switches sports 48 hours after Crucible win

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SNOOKER world champion Kyren Wilson has switched sports just 48 hours after his Crucible triumph – with a runner at Chester races.

Wilson eventually saw off Welshman Jak Jones in a tense final in Sheffield on Monday night.

Kyren Wilson and wife Sophie love a day out at the races and could both be in Chester to see his horse Auric run in the first contest of the three-day May Festival

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Kyren Wilson and wife Sophie love a day out at the races and could both be in Chester to see his horse Auric run in the first contest of the three-day May FestivalCredit: Instagram

But he could be spotted on the Roodee in Chester city centre on Wednesday when his horse Auric runs.

The thee-year-old colt is trained by Hugo Palmer, who is Michael Owen’s own personal handler based at his plush Manor House Stables.

Wilson, who enjoyed a boozy afterparty following his 18-14 win over qualifier Jones, is part of the Manor House Stables Syndicate II which owns the horse.

Auric won his second career race at Kempton last month and currently has earnings of just over £2,000 from three runs.

The colt will be ridden by top jockey David Egan in the first race on the first day of the three-day Festival.

Auric is 8-1 to land the £15,288 first-place prize in the six-furlong, Class 3 CAA Stellar Handicap at 1.30pm.

The horse was a beaten 13-8 fav when last seen running at Windsor last month and will have to start fast to make it over from stall eight.

Palmer has high hopes for Auric but reckons he might be a touch better over further.

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He said: “I was delighted that Kyren won the World Snooker Championship and he plans to come to Chester to see Auric run in the first race of the meeting.

“In an ideal world, the race would be seven furlongs rather than six but he hasn’t got many miles on the clock.

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“My concern is that this trip around Chester might be a bit sharp for him.”

Curiously, Owen’s former trainer Tom Dascombe – who was axed after more than 12 years by the ex-footballer’s side – saddles the 11-2 favourite Old Chums.

But Palmer has a stunning 23 per cent strike rate at Chester and former England striker Owen loves having winners at the track.

Wilson is a keen racegoer and has previously posted photos enjoying a day out at Newmarket alongside wife Sophie.

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