I agree totally. However, normally when a race is sponsored, they just stick the sponsor’s name in front of the traditional title, and that’s fine. Changing the name of a big race to suit a sponsor is just going to frustrate some fans and confuse others. I remember when I was younger it took me a year or two to recognise that the Paddy Power and the Thomas Pink were the same race, as I thought Thomas Pink was a person! :laugh:<br>On the other hand, I’m dreading the day that Hennessey pull out of Newbury, what will we do then?
If I was an owner I’d much prefer to tell my friends I had a horse running in the Predominate, which most racing people will already know as a recognised Derby Trial from way back. Now I’d have to tell them my horse is running in the Cocked Hat???!!!!
Didn’t the Shweppes change to shh you know who.<br> Quite honestly I think the fraternity of bookies<br> like Dennis&Co are behind this.<br> They write the old names down<br> and learn them by rote in candelight.<br> Almost masonic :biggrin: