Horse racing, the ‘Sport of Kings’. It’s a traditional British world of sensible shoes, countryside folk and rosy-cheeked aristocrats. So what’s with all the bonkers horse names? Who’s the comedian who comes up with names like Rusty Pelican, Hoof Hearted (groan), He’s No Pie Eater, Wet Patch and No Flies on Doodle?
Do horse owners employ teams of drunken Mighty Boosh loving students to think them up? And those are some of the more sensible ones. You can also look back at the likes of Waikikamukau (pronounced Why Kick a Moo Cow?), DoReMiFaSaLaTiDo and, of course, the legendary, Arrrrr. It makes the nags that Alan Partridge commentates on in The Day Today seem sensible; the star runners being Zeinab Bedawi’s Twenty Hotels and Bishop Tumpety Thump.
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