EVER been at the races and had a hunch about Hoof Hearted?
Or thought Onoitsmymotherinlaw could end up ruining your day out?
These are just some of the comical horse names which have given racing commentators nightmares.
On Tuesday, the Cheltenham Festival begins as more than 400 horses and 260,000 punters head to Gloucestershire. Commentators will cover 28 races – and the most testing names this year include LiveLoveLaugh and the cheeky What’s Wrong With You.
Here we reveal the horse names that gave broadcasting teams sleepless nights.
- Hoof Hearted: This US horse was loved by punters but hated by commentators.
- Leading By A Length: This British runner from the 1970s rarely led by a length but still caused callers a real headache.
- Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do: Only those with a knowledge of The Sound Of Music could tackle this one with any sort of confidence.
- She Sells Seashells: The popular tongue- twister was once used to name a horse trained by Michael Bell, winning twice in 2010.
- Flat Fleet Feet: Thankfully, the scourge of US commentators has not been seen on a racetrack since 1997, but she did run seven times.
- Magic Carpet Burns: This Australian mare’s father was called Foreplay. No, we’re not joking.
- Arrrrrr: Commentators had great fun saying this gelding’s name.
- Onoitsmymotherinlaw: This US horse, which ran in 2012, enjoyed great success and was a favourite of many male punters.
- Wear The Fox Hat: Say it quickly – but not at work, else you’ll be in trouble.
- Passing Wind: Passing Wind was a victor in two of his races. But you wouldn’t have wanted to be behind him when finishing. It is probably why he won by a “distance” and “seven lengths” on his victories.
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