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  • #20234
    Hurdygurdyman
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    I was just wondering what Racing For Change think about all these new style names Wetherby’s are allowing.

    It’s only a matter of time before something like tellheriminthepubwithmymates wins the Derby or the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    Names like Red Rum, Desert Orchid, Arkle. Nijinsky Kauto Star and Frankel add credibility to the game but what a laughing stock if getyourbreeksoff becomes the greatest horse of all time in the next 5 years.

    I’m all for peoples rights but sometimes you have got to be sensible and say no we can’t have that or of you prefer nowecntavthat :cry:

    #377856
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    Provided it’s not rude (or so rude that even Weatherbys spot it!), or a reserved name (classic winners etc.) or an overt piece of business advertising, then if it’s legal, clean and 18 characters or less they sadly don’t have much of a case for not allowing it.

    #377858
    Bachelors Hall
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    Is this a new thing?

    I can think of Musthaveaswig, Herecomesthetruth, Forpadydeplasterer…

    #377860
    Anonymous
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    Is this a new thing?

    I can think of Musthaveaswig, Herecomesthetruth, Forpadydeplasterer…

    The last named at least wouldn’t be a Weatherby’s registration (not sure about

    Herecomesthetruth

    either) but as to your main point, I think the answer is "no". Even back in Victorian times I’d be confident in saying that

    scriptio continua

    was used on occasion for naming racehorses, though perhaps more rarely than today.

    #377870
    Drone
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    Scriptio Continua would be a nice and rather apt name for a racehorse :)

    #377872
    cormack15
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    I thought that was what he was on about Drone!! And yes, it would.

    In these days of the Twitter hastag we might well see even more of those names.

    #doesitreallymatterwhatitiscalledaslongasyoucanhaveacoupleofquidonit

    #377896
    Anonymous
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    Scriptio Continua would be a nice and rather apt name for a racehorse :)

    A lovely thought… though perhaps

    Scriptiocontinua

    might be even more apt, in context!

    #377906
    Hippo Joe
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    Hurdygurdy, I couldn’t agree more with your post.

    Peter O’Sullevan mentioned on TV many years ago that somebody had written a thesis on how a racehorse’s name affected its ability, starting with the premise that there was never a great racehorse with a rotten name.

    I feel for the poor bumper horse I saw last week named Breakoutthebooze – how very depressing.

    #377909
    Hippo Joe
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    Hurdygurdy, I couldn’t agree more with your post.

    Peter O’Sullevan mentioned on TV many years ago that somebody had written a thesis on how a racehorse’s name affected its ability, starting with the premise that there was never a great racehorse with a rotten name.

    I feel for the poor bumper horse I saw last week named Breakoutthebooze – how very depressing.

    #377912
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    :lol:
    Arizelos won 3 of his 4 races, and earned a mark of 104 for doing so.

    #377932
    cormack15
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    There must be some good horses with bad names surely. I never liked the name Workforce for a start.

    #377949
    Miss Woodford
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    There must be some good horses with bad names surely. I never liked the name Workforce for a start.

    Isitingood :lol:
    Freefourinternet
    Anofferucantrefuse
    Fourstarsallstar and Fourstardave
    Cherokeeinthehills
    Dancethruthedawn

    #377957
    Hurdygurdyman
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    Provided it’s not rude (or so rude that even Weatherbys spot it!), or a reserved name (classic winners etc.) or an overt piece of business advertising, then if it’s legal, clean and 18 characters or less they sadly don’t have much of a case for not allowing it.

    Big hand for that information Pinza not a lotta people know that :roll:

    So your opinion is? or are you only here as an expert witness? :lol:

    Let Lee McCkenzie commentate on this race:

    Imnohairymary
    mymawsamillionaire
    blueeyeancurlyhair
    sitinamongthecoconuts
    playingagameofdominoes

    Apartfrom falling over laughing or crying he’d probably ask for the band to join in and sing his way through the race.

    Do you think racing is going the right way on this? I certainly don’t, Gawd forbid Arkle had been called madeinscotlandfromgirders

    #377966
    yeats
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    Where do you draw the line though? What about all the Arab names that McCririck is always moaning about, presumably because he’s incapable of pronouncing them.

    Laddies Poker Two landed a massive gamble in the Wokingham and Shergar would have still hacked up in the Derby if he’d been called Clothes Peg.

    Good, bad and ugly names just add to the rich tapestry of the sport, it would be pretty boring if they all had "good" names.
    And the way prize money has gone here British racing needs every owner it can get.

    #377970
    Drone
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    Alistair Down on

    King Of Kings

    – "With a name like that he was never going to be running in Bellewstown selling hurdles" (or summat like)

    Never liked the name

    See More Business

    which irked as unwieldy and a tad ugly. Though considering his sire was Seymour Hicks and his owner the demolition man’s demolition man Robert Ogden, cleverly named I suppose

    #377973
    % MAN
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    Let Lee McCkenzie commentate on this race:

    Funny you should say that – Lee and I did once waste an afternoon, between races, coming up with an "impossible" race to call in terms of horses names – I’ll have to have a dig around to see if I can find the final list.

    #377975
    yeats
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    Never liked the name

    See More Business

    which irked as unwieldy and a tad ugly. Though considering his sire was Seymour Hicks and his owner the demolition man’s demolition man Robert Ogden, cleverly named I suppose

    His original owner must have been psychic Drone, Ogden didn’t buy the horse till he had run 19 times :lol:

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