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Songbird Debut At Greyville

Not in the spirit of things, surely?

Dual Eclipse winner Songbird made her debut for the Natie Kotzen yard in the second race at Greyville Wednesday. Or does she?

Songbird won 13 times – 9 Gr1’s!

The  formbook shows that the 3yo filly is no thirteen time winning dual champion daughter of Medaglio d’Oro. She happens to be a Summerhill bred daughter of Brave Tin Soldier having her first start.

See the racecard here

The National Horseracing Authority provides guidelines to the naming of horses in its latest newsletter

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While it appears that Songbird – aka America’s Sweetheart – does not appear to be on the IFHA’s list of restricted horse names.

But surely the spirit of permitting a filly to be named after a star who retired just last year as a nine-time Gr1 winner of $4,692,000 and a dual champion in her homeland is simply not right, or in the spirit of the sport?

See the list of protected names here

Last Saturday, the Royal Air Force colt Aeronautica won at Flamingo Park – on Tuesday the Captain Al colt Aeronautical ran second in the final event at the Vaal. Neither are champions – yet – but allowing names that close is also surely inviting confusion and error.

The NHA states that with names registered and not protected, the following criteria are provided as a guideline during which registered names will not be reused:

  1. In the case of stallions, 15 years after death or 15 years after the last recorded year in which they covered mares (whichever is the sooner) or at 35 years of age if no death is reported.
  2. In the case of broodmares, 10 years after their death or being put of stud 10 years after the last recorded year in which they were covered or produced a foal, or at 25 years of age if no death is reported.
  3. In the case of all other horses (colts and filly’s), 5 years after their death, or at 20 years of age if no death is reported.

It’s all very puzzling.

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6 comments on “Songbird Debut At Greyville

  1. Chris Swart says:

    Black Caviar (RSA)

    It is respecting a champion that’s more important than the name

    But why would the authority bother about that.

    They can’t name the past two French Derby winners

  2. Ted Hughes says:

    I purchased this filly in May 2017 at the Backworth Dispersal Sale, already named. If she’s 10% as good as her namesake I will consider us very blessed.

    1. Editor says:

      Will be following her Ted!

  3. nathan Kotzen says:

    why are you so worried about the horses name?..these been many horses named after good horses,surely you’ve got better things to right about..
    by the way it wasn’t named by us.

    1. Editor says:

      It matters to some Nathan

  4. Gentlemen Gentlemen ..easy as she goes. May I humbly suggest the following ?:


    Brave Tin Soldier = Kenny G & his legendary clarinet made of tin ?

    Rosella = medium sized parrot from Australia

    Crikey ! therefore SONGBIRD

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