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The best name in horse racing finally has an entry in the win column.
Horsey McHorseface, the three-year-old Australian gelding whose name was inspired by Boaty McBoatface, came from behind on the final furlong to claim victory on Monday at the Arthur Thompson Memorial Maiden Plate at Cessnock Racecourse in New South Wales, Australia.
Owner Joe Rosetti came up with the name last year, inspired by the infamous name-the-new-boat contest held by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council. It didn’t take much to convince co-owner and trainer Bjorn Baker.
“Joe’s a good bloke and he’s a good horse,” Baker told CNN. “We just thought it would be a good fit.”
Jake Bruce, racing manager at Sydney’s Warwick Farm racecourse, told CNN last year that he hoped the name would generate some buzz.
“Any publicity is good publicity,” Bruce told CNN. “He’s got as good a chance as any to make it and we’d absolutely love to win with him on a big day. It would be a) hilarious and b) great for the owners.”
Now Horsey McHorseface is starting to realize his full potential. His win at the Arthur Thompson Memorial Maiden Plate makes his owners $15,000 richer and gets more people talking about horse racing.
Take a look:
Horsey McHorseface wins its first ever race at Cessnock. pic.twitter.com/V6tK0M3h4c
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 5, 2017
That’s a good horse.