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    CavCav
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    I see they’ve changed the names of both of tomorrows Predominate and Lupe Stakes at Goodwood to the Cocked Hat Stakes and Height of Fashion Stakes respectively.

    Seems a shame their changing the wonderful old names of these races.  I suppose its all to do with money but I thought these types of races had their names ”protected” as it were?

    #61191
    Friggo
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    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?

    #61192
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    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???!!!!

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    DroneDrone
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    Well at least Height of Fashion was a decent racehorse and even better broodmare, though I doubt that was the reason Goodwood chose the name.

    (Edited by Drone at 3:18 pm on May 23, 2007)

    #61195
    gamble
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     :old:

    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:

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