Funniest Horse Racing Names to Run at The Cheltenham Festival
Before making their way to the Cheltenham Festival many punters will often take a glance over a racecard to see which horses are expected to take part in the major races of the day, by doing this many people often get a kick from seeing the names of horses, and it’s often those with the longest and most ridiculous names which people often gravitate towards when taking a look over the horse racing betting odds available.
Over the years at Cheltenham, there have been some interesting named horses that have taken to the track, and in light of the upcoming race meetings, our tipster has picked out some of their favourites and most outrageous to jump the Cheltenham fences.
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Taking to the track in 2014, Shakalakaboomboom only made one appearance at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Nicky Henderson, and although he may not have taken the victory, his name still caused quite a stir and proved popular with music fans.
Now the comedy factor around this horse comes not from the name itself, but the commentators attempting to say it quickly during his appearances at the Cheltenham Festival across a five-year-period. His best result was a third place finish in the Cross Country Chase in 2016 and when he retired, we think all pundits will have breathed a sigh of relief.
We come to the first mare in our list of horses, and that is Henry Daly-trained Top Totti. From her name, we can see why she attracted attention from punters even though she failed to pass the post first at Cheltenham.
My Tent or Yours
Next on our list is perhaps one of the most unluckiest horses to even run at the Cheltenham Festival. Finishing second on every one of his runs My Tent Or Yours tried his hand at Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and the International Hurdle, but sadly he never managed to cap his career off with a win in a Grade One at Prestbury Park.
It’s taken us a bit of time, but we’ve finally landed on the first winner of the Cheltenham Festival in our list of comical names. Unowhatimeanharry won the Albert Bartlett back in 2016, but since then he’s failed to add another Festival win to his tally. His form speaks for itself, however with two Punchestown Stayers Hurdles to his name and if he heads Cheltenham again this season, he’s a horse which deserves respect.
Oh Be The Hokey
We’re taking a little trip back to the 90s for the next horse in our selection whose names draws a strong resembles the popular party song the Hokey Cokey. Although he only made one appearance at the Festival Oh Be The Hokey in the Kim Muir, his name still stands out among the crowd.
Named the second-best national hunt horse of all time, Flyingbolt made a name for himself back in the 1960s where he won now named Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Queen Mother Champion Chase for trainer Tom Dreaper. Never actually racing against Arkle, he’s still one of the most recognisable names in the sport today.
Now although this sounds like something from a popular movie, it’s also the name of a Queen Mother Champion Chase winning horse trained by Paul Nicholls. Making his name as a hurdler, he made the step up to chase fences and in 2015 grabbed his Grade One win ahead of the likes of Somersby and Sire De Grugy.
Now a 12-year-old Thistlecrack burst onto the hurdling scene in 2014 and never looked back. His most prolific season run came between 2015 and 2017 where he remained unbeaten in 9 races, one of those being the Ryanair Hurdle. If he heads to the Cheltenham Festival this year, he could be on to consider so keep your eyes peeled for his name.
What springs to mind other than snails when punters hear the name of this horse who was a notable Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 1970 and 71. He was also the horse who halted the dominance of Red Rum in the Grand National back in 1973, so his name no matter how outrageous it might sound is renowned in the world of horse racing.
See More Business
Trained by Paul Nicholls, See More Business rose to fame in the 1990s as a Gold Cup Winner in at the Festival. An impressive horse he also managed to win the King George Chase by 17 lengths, which is not something easily done on a tricky Kempton course in December.
More Of That
A world hurdle winner at the Cheltenham Festival More Of That burst on to the racing scene in 2012, and won his first race as a 20/1 outsider. Winning at the Festival in 2014, he competed in the World hurdle defeating odds on favourite Annie Power and the insurmountable Big Bucks on his way to victory.
A popular hurdler at the Cheltenham Festival, Katchit has a rather unique name that can often be heard as something different. His crowning moment came in 2008 when against the odds he defeated Osana and Punjabi as a 10/1 chance.
Now we’re taking a look at a horse that is expected to head to the Cheltenham Festival this season and does have a chance of picking up a win given his current form. Entered in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Ballymore Novices Hurdle, Fiddlerontheroof has made the impressive switch hurdles under new trainer Colin Tizzard.
Put The Kettle On
We’re continuing our list with runners who should compete in the top races at the Cheltenham Festival, and that is Put The Kettle On. Another novice hurdler who is expected to improve on his early season form which includes a victory on this course already, we suspect that Henry De Bromhead will be looking for a strong performance here.
Perhaps a horse for those who prefer fantasy-themed tv programmes Thebannerkingrebel is one of the longest horse racing names we have in our list. Trained by Jamie Snowden, he started his jumps career well over hurdles, but he’ll need to pull a performance out of the bag if he’s to win at Cheltenham this time round.
Novice chase races often cause quite the stir at the Cheltenham Festival, and this horse could be a potential contender in two of the biggest races on the new course. Trained by Olly Murphy, he has the form to cause an upset, but he’ll need to up his game to compete with the big boys.
If you’ve got an itch, then it’s time to scratch it at the Cheltenham Festival with Itchy Feet who heads to the main event in top form having won the Scilly Isle Chase at Sandown. Potentially heading to the Arkle he’s a horse who has stepped up in every time of asking and even finished third in the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 2019.
Trained by Gordon Elliott, this horse certainly has some magic about him if you pay close attention to his name. Picking up a win last time out in Ireland at Leopardstown he kept on well and could prove to be a worthy each-way shout in the betting markets.
It wouldn’t be a list of horses without a runner from Willie Mullins, and we’ve gone for a horse which has a name to a well-known pop song for inspiration. Buildmeupbuttercup has been a horse who has shown promise and has dabbled in both Flat and National Hunt racing so if you back her, let’s hope she doesn’t let you down.
Definitely a horse for those who live in the north of the UK, Aye Right is trained Harriet Graham and will look to build on his so far positive form as he heads to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Running in Red and White silks, he may appeal to supporters of a specific football team, so keep your eyes peeled on the race card.
Perhaps not the horse with the best name if you don’t say it with a French accent, but he is certainly one who can cause a stir at the Cheltenham Festival. A winner at Cheltenham Trials day, he is familiar with the course but will make his first appearance at the Festival itself if he heads to the Ryanair Chase.
Well there we have it racing fans, some of the funniest horse races to be heading to the Festival this season and those that have run previously just to add to the mix. If you’re heading the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, then head over to our Cheltenham Tips where you can find all our top chances for the feature races.