In the British Stallion Studs EBF Totepool Nottinghamshire Oaks Stakes (4.20) at Nottingham on Wednesday, Dream Child failed by just a neck to overhaul Miss Marjurie on her return to turf at Goodwood last month and may be capable of further progress. Miss Marjurie franked the form when edging out Wonderstruck in the Group 3 888Sport Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock on Saturday so, with nothing to find with any of her rivals, bar Pleasant Valley, on official ratings, Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old looks the one to be on.
The daughter of Pivotal drops back two furlongs or so in distance on rain-softened ground, but she’s won three times over 1 mile 1½ furlongs at Wolverhampton and ran well enough on her one attempt on soft going to suggest it won’t be a problem. In fact, she may be better suited by the prevailing conditions than her nearest rival, Pleasant Valley, who’s been campaigned almost exclusively on good to firm or good going. The pair has 5lb and 4lb in hand of their rivals, respectively, and look the two on which to concentrate in any case.
Selection: Nottingham 4.20 Dream Child to win
In the Redcar Racecourse Conference & Wedding Venue Handicap (3.25) on Thursday, Bow And Arrow won’t be plying his trade in 0-85 company for much longer after quickening clear to win by 13 lengths at Beverley a week ago but, for the time being, is 7lb well in under a 6lb penalty and cannot realistically be opposed. The Iffraaj colt has evidently come on leaps and bounds since turned over, at odds on, on his seasonal and handicap debut at Chelmsford City in February, but could still be open to any amount of improvement after just five career starts.
Trainer Charlie Appleby has a respectable, if unspectacular, 1-6 (17%) with three-year-olds at the North Yorkshire venue since becoming licensed to train for Godolphin the summer before last, but he appears to have found an ideal opportunity for Bow And Arrow to strike again while the iron is hot. Jockey William Buick heads north for just one ride on Thursday afternoon and it will be disappointing if Bow And Arrow cannot record a routine victory against largely exposed opposition.
Selection: Redcar 3.25 Bow And Arrow to win
Bottoms up old chum. Jockey Blake Shinn gave racegoers a bit more than they had anticipated this week, when his trousers attempted to make a swift exit mid race. He didn’t seem particularly bothered about it himself though. Let’s hope he doesn’t make a habit of it!
I’m all for a crappy pun or innuendo, so it goes without saying that when I hear a funny race horse name during racing commentary I laugh myself silly. Check out these two hilarious examples from Youtube:
In fact, many funny horse names are purposefully chosen because of how they’ll sound when the race is being commentated on. Other names due to how rude they sound when you say them, or when you use a certain accent. Others are just plane weird. Check out this list of funny horse names below. Some were accepted, others rejected by racing authorities, but all deserve their place here:
Ha ha ha
Sax In The City
Sarah Jessica Parker
Oh No, It’s My Mother-In-Law
Oil beef Hooked
Red Hot Filly Pepper
Go D!ck Go
Here’s a feature from The Graham Norton Show where Minnie Driver reads out a series of horse names rejected by the British Horse Racing Authority. Start the clip at 80 seconds in.