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    apracing
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    Am I alone in being amused by the press release from York racecourse, rapidly detaching themselves from any risk of contagion by association with Prince Andrew:

    “We don’t want the name of the race to be a distraction from what is a good contest and we’re seeking to clarify the history and connection. The current favourite, though we need to go through the protocol of the European Pattern Committee, is something like the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes.

    “That clarifies that it is a long-established race and has a connection other than to Prince Andrew.”

    How long before Goodwood react ‘ Oh no, people might think the Sussex Stakes has something to do with Harry and Sparkles’? Stand by for the County of Sussex Stakes!

    #1578657
    clivexx
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    They could always name it the princewanker stakes

    #1578666
    Gingertipster
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    York exec’ scared of the woke brigade digging the Knavesmire turf up as a protest against the racecourse supporting Prince Andrew.

    Suppose The Woke Brigade don’t often look too closely before jumping to the wrong conclusion. Comical though it undoubtedly is – tbh am not that surprised York exec’ are trying a pre-emptive strike. So Wokeists might google “Duke Of York Stakes” and see the history for themselves.

    Value Is Everything
    #1578667
    Richard88
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    ‘How long before Goodwood react ‘ Oh no, people might think the Sussex Stakes has something to do with Harry and Sparkles’?’

    What reason would they have to want to clarify that? You spelled Meghan incorrectly by the way.

    #1578676
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Hope its renamed ‘The Randy Andy Dash’.

    BUY THE SUN

    #1578681
    FiftyP
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    ‘Pizza Express Stakes’

    The horse was sweating up in the parade ring.
    Impossible!

    #1578687
    Cork All Star
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    Maybe the whole city of York should change its name, just to be on the safe side? 😉

    #1578688
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    I’m never eating a Yorkie again.

    BUY THE SUN

    #1578689
    Cork All Star
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    I doubt this advert would be allowed today, despite obviously being in jest:

    #1578690
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Sweaty Andy should have paid closer attention to that sage advice.

    BUY THE SUN

    #1578787
    Marlingford
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    I can’t really criticise York racecourse for doing this given how ill-informed and happy to assume the worst some people are.

    The Sussex Stakes is safe as Harry and Meghan are highly unlikely to be cancelled, even though they are clearly polarising figures.

    If the wider Royal Family ever becomes an unmentionable topic then a lot of races are going to need renaming…

    #1578792
    Gladiateur
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    I wouldn’t worry, Marlingford. The Royal meeting would become something far more representative of modern Britain.

    I look forward to Love Island Ascot in a decade’s time.

    #1578796
    Marlingford
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    Haha, yes the luminaries of reality TV would be much more fitting. I guess the King’s Stand could become the One Night Stand.

    And why stop at Love Island? The Jersey Shore Stakes and the Joey Essex Handicap would fit right in.

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    MoyenneCorniche
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    Whenever someone uses terms like “Woke Brigade” I automatically stop reading….

    #1578805
    patriot1
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    :good: Moyenne

    #1578823
    CarryOnKatie
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    In all seriousness, what about the Dayjur Stakes?

    #1578833
    Marlingford
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    Agree CarryOnKatie, past heroes are definitely underserved by current race names. And the races that do exist are often not a good match for the horse. Dayjur would probably end up having the Queen Alexandra named after him!

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