5 Strange Horse Racing Names Everybody Chose to Forget Over the Years
One of the biggest perks of owning a racehorse is that you have the opportunity to name it. With such a wide range of options to choose from, it’s no surprise that the task can be overwhelming for many. There have been a number of great and memorable names over the years to grace racing events, along with some humorous ones. But these five names are some of the strangest that the sport has ever seen and are memorable for the wrong reasons. If you’re not the most horse racing savvy person in the world, try finding different sites for choosing racing naps.
Wots the WIFI Code
As anyone with a smartphone will know, the phrase ‘What’s the WIFI code?’ has become a part of our lexicon. In fact, it’s such a common phrase that even the racecourses aren’t safe from people asking, with plenty of people asking on a daily basis. Juvenile Wots the WIFI Code, trained by Tony Coyle, didn’t perform his best and is still seeking a victory. He had five starts and finished last out of 11 at his most recent outing at Thirsk in September of this year.
Whatever side of the Brexit debate you’re on, most people can agree that politics doesn’t have a place on the racetrack. But if you’re the rider or owner of this horse, sadly you’ll always have a reminder of the Brexit conversation. The four-year-old filly, Brexitmeansbrexit, lost a match race to the appropriately named Trouble and Strife at Lingfield last year. She won a claimer at the Surrey course in March, but her name is one that everyone would prefer to forget for the foreseeable future.
Along with asking about the WIFI code, another digitally-focused phrase that everyone hears on a daily basis is being told to download the app, whether it’s on TV, radio or when browsing online. It’s also found its way to the racecourse, courtesy of the six-year-old who is trained by David Bridgwater. While his name could be more inspiring, he completed a hat-trick at Fontwell earlier this year.
King of Chavs
Chavs are described as anti-social people characterised by their loutish behaviour. It’s a less than desirable term to be handed to you so it’s an interesting choice for owner and trainer Alan Bailey to have chosen for his runner. King of Chavs couldn’t find their form on the racecourse, with his finishing seventh in a seller at Wolverhampton the best he could muster out of 11 starts. Perhaps his name was a bad omen to how he would perform going forward.
When it comes to making an investment, buying a racehorse isn’t a way to ensure maximum security so perhaps the naming of this thoroughbred racehorse was intended to deter such a bad omen. Foaled in 2016, they’ve won a number of events including the Florida Derby, the Bold Ruler Handicap, The Cigar Mile and Haskell Invitational. However, despite being the first to cross the finish line in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, they were disqualified for interference.