Saturday, November 21, 2009


Not sure if Breednet’s Tara Madgwick knew what she was letting herself in for when she penned the piece on Lady Gaga’s win at Mornington last Saturday, but it sure opened the floodgates in terms of horse names.
Do yourself a favour and read the piece on Lady Gaga (click here) and then have a gander at the follow up (click here).
One name that doesn’t get a mention in either is the 1983 Silver Slipper winner Giostra, named by doctor-come-trainer Geoff Chapman.
The Imperial Prince filly’s name had to be changed to Giostra after it was discovered that her original moniker – Merkin – refers to a pubic wig.
We’d be the first to agree that the Registrar of Racehorses has a tough gig, especially when you have wigs – I mean, wags – like Geoff Chapman trying to slip one through your guard, but we’re also reminded of the quote from British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead: “Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination”.
Perhaps you have some names you’d like to add to the list: ... all contributions gratefully received.

Lady Gaga (no, not the winner at Mornington!)

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