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.
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.
Testing, testing, 1,2,3. This is the first post on Wacky Races, A site that hopes you bring you irreverent horse and horse racing themed updates, occasionally interrupted by actual racing tips (god forbid). How many winners I’ll be finding is another issue altogether, but you can’t have it all!