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Anglo Italian
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We have followed the four-legged exploits of Naggers, Quasimodo and most successfully of all, Max Ward.


Now Rollerball Rocco is winning races.


Where we have had no success has been in identifying who has been naming their horses after wrestlers from years ago.


Sure, 50 years ago horses were called Jackie Pallo and also Mick McManus.  But that was when those two wrestlers were at the height of their fame.


Since we are steeped in pure nostalgia on this site, I remain intrigued as to how these names have been chosen.


Any insights well received.

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December 26, 2017 at 3:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

frank thomas
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We also had a racehorse called Billy two rivers..
December 29, 2017 at 12:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

frank thomas
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Another racehorse that did the rounds was called Lord alfie, was told that it was named in honour of judo al hayes, who took the moniker "Lord alfred" when he moved to the states..
December 30, 2017 at 4:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

PETER
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A few years ago at Cheltenham Races there was a horse called King Ben.One of my non wrestling fan friends observed it must be named after the Professional Wrestler.Apparently his only visit to a live event had Dave Findlay versus King Ben in the main event and he never forgot how impressed he was with just that one match!

December 31, 2017 at 10:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

ballymoss
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Max Ward was a very enthusiastic racing fan and was a pioneer in racehorse syndication. It is great news that Max Ward , the horse, is still running well and the great man's name is fondly remembered.

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January 2, 2018 at 9:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

SaxonWolf
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Do all of these horses have a common connection?, same stable?, same owner, etc?

January 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

frank thomas
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SaxonWolf at January 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Do all of these horses have a common connection?, same stable?, same owner, etc?

Was told that the horse i mentioned "Lord alfie" believed to have been named in honour of judo al hayes, there was some tie in with a connection to Paul lincoln,which makes sense...
January 2, 2018 at 10:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

SaxonWolf
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frank thomas at January 2, 2018 at 10:58 AM

SaxonWolf at January 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Do all of these horses have a common connection?, same stable?, same owner, etc?

Was told that the horse i mentioned "Lord alfie" believed to have been named in honour of judo al hayes, there was some tie in with a connection to Paul lincoln,which makes sense...

Yes that would make sense 

January 2, 2018 at 11:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Anglo Italian
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But what is the connection?  Alfie was his "inside" name.  Al to us and Alfred to the Americans.


Still need to make the tie-up...

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January 2, 2018 at 12:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

ballymoss
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Sadly Rollerball Rocco is not living up to his illustrious namesake. He has had two races to date, and has finished last in both contests, starting a 200-1 shot in the latter. Owned and trained by a Mr Pogson, his two performances to date do not augur well for his career. At least Max Ward has actually won some good races. Obviously whoever named these two racehorses were wrestling enthusiasts, but they may not be the current owners. Just for trivia I remember the very tough Pasquale Salvo was a keen follower of horse racing.

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January 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Anglo Italian
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"Obviously" doesn't solve it.

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January 3, 2018 at 3:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

frank thomas
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Anglo Italian at January 2, 2018 at 12:16 PM

But what is the connection?  Alfie was his "inside" name.  Al to us and Alfred to the Americans.


Still need to make the tie-up...

Can't give you the definitive answer on that one sorry anglo. Only going on what I was told by somebody " in the know" that there was some connection to Paul lincoln..And racehorses names were only allowed a certain number of letters in there names(inclusive of spaces) so maybe Lord alfie fitted the bill
January 3, 2018 at 6:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Anglo Italian
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18 letters are allowed, including spaces.

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January 4, 2018 at 1:50 AM Flag Quote & Reply

David Mantell
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Is the human Mark Rocco connected to any of these horses?  Kent Walton did once mention that Rocco was a horserider.

January 4, 2018 at 4:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

ballymoss
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Glancing though a book which recorded the 150 year history of an investment trust, I happened to notice that one Max Ward was a director  from 2000 to 2011. This Max Ward is quite a famous name in the City and I would guess that the noble racehorse carrying   the name Max Ward is named after him, and sadly not the illustrious wrestling referee.

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May 4, 2018 at 3:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Anglo Italian
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Gutted.

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May 4, 2018 at 6:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Hack
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So, an investment banker named after a wrestler. Who would believe it? :):):)

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May 5, 2018 at 11:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Anglo Italian
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Hack at May 5, 2018 at 11:43 AM

So, an investment banker named after a wrestler. Who would believe it? :):):)

Now this I like!!!!   


I notice you don't bestow the benefit being upholder of rules and regulations on the banker and prefer to compare him to Max the brawler:  very appropriate decision.

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May 6, 2018 at 3:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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