to think that if you go through a thread on here just reading the names it sounds like the commentary on the horse racing?

(73 Posts)
MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 13:52:50

Try it. Its almost impossible to do it with out hearing the horse racing commentator's voice in your head.

I dont think my name fits in. Have a go and let me know grin

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 13:56:23

Although imagine you're winning the horse race and he's doing that all excited bit, it sounds quite the thing smile

VenusRising Tue 10-Sep-13 14:00:01

Sp, you fell at the first for me (dyslexia alert)!
MrsWedge, you're storming ahead

BuskersCat Tue 10-Sep-13 14:01:57

VenusRising would make an excellent race horse name

SilverStreak7 Tue 10-Sep-13 14:02:33

LOL .. Guess mine could be apt for that . .. or motorbike racing smile

I will imagine mine been send with a head shake and a finger click while I'm on the cat walk.

DidoTheDodo Tue 10-Sep-13 14:19:20

I'd fall over at the first fence. Guaranteed.

TheBigJessie Tue 10-Sep-13 14:24:27

Actually, you're right.

SP, your name works too. You come from a long-established stable that had used up all the snappy names and you have a rich pedigree of famous mares and stallions, so they decided to put some of your forebears' names together for you.

AnneUulmelmahay Tue 10-Sep-13 14:55:15

Great idea, v funny

LackingEnergy Tue 10-Sep-13 15:44:36

Think I'd do quite well wink

I can bore you all senseless with the rules about naming racehorses if you like grin

QuizteamBleakley Tue 10-Sep-13 16:07:08

Random aside: didn't some fuckwit terribly funny footballer try to name a horse (his horse I believe, not a passing mare) Hoof Hearted?

Frankel tell us Who's names pass... thanks

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 16:09:38

SP, when you do this thread it sounds like you're winning
LackingEngery, that made me laugh smile

That's an urban legend. The only horse to be named Hoof Hearted ran in South Africa about 10 years ago.

People may have tried to use the name but Weatherbys (the registration body for racehorses in Britain and Ireland) are very hot on weeding out rude/offensive names these days.

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 16:11:51

For two minutes there I was thinking Hoof Hearted sounded like a lovely name for a horse smile

BubbleBathFoam Tue 10-Sep-13 16:15:10

Wicked thread. I tried the voice in my head haha.

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 16:20:35

I'm quite interested in finding out how the race horse naming works.

These are the basic rules:

You cannot use:

- a name already registered in the register of horse names (unless that horse has a) reached 30 years of age or b) been dead at least 10 years)

- a name followed by one or more numbers;

- a name on the International and Domestic Lists of Protected Names;

- a name of more than 18 characters, including signs or spaces;

- a name made up entirely of initials, or include figures, hyphens, full-stops, commas, signs, exclamation marks, inverted commas, forward or backward slash, colon and semi-colon;

- a name that starts with a sign other than a letter;

- a name containing more than seven syllables;

- a name the pronunciation of which the Authority considers to be identical or unacceptably similar, to
1. a name that is on the International or Domestic Lists of Protected Names, or
2. a name that is already registered for a horse foaled in a year that is within 10 years of the year of foaling of the horse to which the application relates;

- a name which the Authority considers
1. is suggestive or has a vulgar, obscene or insulting meaning,
2. is in poor taste,
3. may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups,
4. may otherwise cause offence,
5. may cause confusion in the administration of racing or betting, or
6. is the name of a well-known horse.

- Names of people and/or companies cannot be used except without the express permission of the person or their estate or the company concerned.

- Names can be reused around 10 years after the death of the original horse.

Questions? grin

The last horse person to post wins MN right?

On that basis the following posters fail to get past the Authority:

VenusRising (there is a 10yo mare with this name)

See, told you I'd bore you! grin

JerseySpud Tue 10-Sep-13 17:16:35

Would i pass?

LegoDragon Tue 10-Sep-13 17:34:26

Would my name do? Or would it cause offence to dragons/Lego?

BodaciousTatas Tue 10-Sep-13 17:40:24

My name was a race horse grin

ShatnersBassoon Tue 10-Sep-13 17:42:42

I've just tried to find out if there has been a horse called Shatner's Bassoon, and it seems as if there is, but only on a gambling machine game that's popular in America confused

mrspremise Tue 10-Sep-13 18:10:53

I now need a pony called Mrs Premise grin

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 18:54:04

BodaciousTatas? How did they get that past the horse naming folk? Or do I just have a dirty mind?

Bodacious Tatas was indeed a racehorse! She was born in 1985 and raced 15 times in the USA, winning 5 times and over $400,000 in prize money.

The rules in America, where this horse was born, are slightly different, they will allow things that the UK won't and vice versa.

Twattybollocks Tue 10-Sep-13 20:36:56

I don't think my name would pass muster at wetherbys. "And Twattybollocks has run a blinder....."

picnicbasketcase Tue 10-Sep-13 20:39:23

A mad horse destined for a cheap lasagne? confused

Skinheadmermaid Tue 10-Sep-13 20:39:38

I'd be very surprised if a racehorse had my name (would be epic though-i bet the queen would use the name!)

TempusFuckit Tue 10-Sep-13 21:03:53

Does my Latin outweigh my swears?

Someone tried to name horses Wearthefoxhat and Norfolknchance a few years back. Try saying the names quickly in an Irish accent wink

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 10-Sep-13 21:26:08
JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 10-Sep-13 21:27:55

Alf Ramsey's Porn Dungeon

CuppaTeaForTheBigFella Tue 10-Sep-13 21:29:10

Arghh i can't believe my name is too long! shock

I was just thinking of that ^ grin

(Littlegreyauditor coming up the outside...)

Grr, too fast, I was just thinking of the Alan Partridge thing, not long names or Alf Ramsey's porn dungeon.

VisualCharades Tue 10-Sep-13 21:32:56

haha funny thread

BlackeyedSusan Tue 10-Sep-13 21:35:39

the norfolk and chance name copped up on radio four. still makes me giggle. I now have wear the fox hat to go with it. grin

I will share with you all my namesake

If you've never heard of him, just watch the video and see why many people call him the best horse that has ever lived. He even has his own website grin

So raging I didn't think of "onion terror" or "trust me I'm a stomach" as names when I joined MN envy

natwebb79 Tue 10-Sep-13 21:40:16

Actually pissing myself at 'Twattybollocks has run a blinder'! grin

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 10-Sep-13 21:40:18

Am I banned? Or did I fall at the first fence?

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 21:44:05

Alf Ramsay's Porn Dungeon smile
Years ago Rich Hall did an advert where he stood on a rain soaked Scottish hillside in a fur cap. He said "Auchtermuchty, everyone said 'wear the Fox hat"

MikeLitoris Tue 10-Sep-13 21:44:21

and it's mikelitoris coming up on the inside

Probably not going to happen is it?

VisualCharades Tue 10-Sep-13 21:49:08


Tiredmumno1 Tue 10-Sep-13 21:50:12

I don't think people would place many bets on me grin

MrsWedgeAntilles Tue 10-Sep-13 21:52:41

"And it's MikeLitoris chasing TwattyBollocks"

I'm out (too long). I'd have loved to hear willyoudothefandango in a commentator's voice too sad

I'm too long too. sad

But brilliant thread.

MikeLitoris Tue 10-Sep-13 22:02:27

"And it's MikeLitoris chasing TwattyBollocks"

Actual Lol at that.

Sparrowfarts Tue 10-Sep-13 22:14:15

Frankel While there's an expert available - can owners 'bagsy' a name then wait until they find the right horse for it? And at what age are racehorses named? I'm thinking in particular of Camelot. That name would have been wasted on a lesser horse. But was it simply a coincidence that a fine horse had a great name?

Yes owners can "book" a name to be held until they want to use it. I think it costs about £100 per year per name, but I could have the amount wrong.

Apparently Coolmore sat on the name "Camelot" for about 10 years before using it.

Sparrowfarts Wed 11-Sep-13 20:32:27

Thanks Frankel, I thought that couldn't have been a complete fluke.

What is the list of protected names, if you're still around?

I bet Robert Frankel would have been mighty pleased with his namesake.

kim147 Wed 11-Sep-13 20:38:31

I think I've fallen at the first hurdle.

I think they should be called Ben or Max. Simple names.

I'm always here wink

I'm sure Bobby Frankel would have been thrilled, and I wonder if Juddmonte have reserved a name comprising "Sir Henry Cecil" for future use.

The protected names list is held by the zinternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities and is made up of the winners of certain international races, plus any additional submissions made by individual countries. The key is that the horse must have either made a significant impact as a stallion or broodmare, or is a very recognisable name in that country. Once a name goes on the International List no other horse anywhere in the world can be granted that name in the future.

Each country usually has a domestic list of protected names, again winners of certain races plus those that ave made an impact, but that list can only apply in that country.

This is the list of international protected names, as at April 2013. They will add another batch of names at their next meeting in early 2014.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Wed 11-Sep-13 20:50:38

I'd ride Malcolm Tucker like a race horse that's for sure!

Sparrowfarts Wed 11-Sep-13 21:05:18

Oh I hope the future Sir Henry is a classic winner.

Thanks for the link. I'd always vaguely thought that names coluldn't be reused at all.

obviouslyneedsupernanny Wed 11-Sep-13 21:07:12

Hahah mine definitely doesn't fit in but I have had fun looking at the names and I agree with the majority

Sparrowfarts Wed 11-Sep-13 21:07:34

Oh yes, I'd be prepared to put up a few stone overweight for Makcolm Tucker too.

MrsWedgeAntilles Thu 12-Sep-13 20:06:59

Kim During the war my great grandparents had a lovely horse called Jim for working the croft. In fact there was a bit of trend for calling horses Jim in our area so any horse races between about 1930 and 1985 would have gone something along the lines of "Jim, Jim, Jim over taking Jim on the outside and Jim wins!"

fancyabakeoff Thu 12-Sep-13 20:35:52

Hoof Hearted followed by Ice Melted

MrsWedge, that's why you very rarely (if ever) get two horses of the same name at the same time - it's just too confusing! The only way it can happen is if the two horses are born in different countries (though GB and Ireland share information) at the same time, as names have to be registered with the racing authority in the country of birth.

EllesAngel Thu 12-Sep-13 21:01:44

grin Brilliant thread.

Now where would I come? hmmgrin

You already exist!

Elle's Angel is a registered racehorse, born in Ireland in 2004. She failed to win a race in 5 attempts. She is now a broodmare, but I can't find a record of her offspring's results so far.

I'd be coming last...seeing as how I'm on a tapir! wink

EllesAngel Thu 12-Sep-13 21:25:51

Why am I not surprised hmm

ShakeAndVac Thu 12-Sep-13 22:06:23

What about me, do I qualify?! smile

MrsWedgeAntilles Fri 13-Sep-13 08:24:22

Fancyabakeoff grin

SummerSevern Fri 13-Sep-13 08:48:26

I'd fall over. The horses I like always fall. So much so that I stopped putting my customary 50p on the Grand National. It seemed cruel to curse them.

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