Racehorse named Horsey McHorseFace because 'hey, why not?'

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    • Australian owners have named their racehorse Horsey McHorseface
    • It was inspired by a UK poll that chose Boaty McBoatface as the name for a $300m research ship

    (CNN)Hoof Hearted, Shakalakaboomboom and Whykickamoocow are just three of the dozens of strange and wonderful racehorse names that have tickled punters and twisted the tongues of long-suffering race track commentators.

    Now a new steed has joined their ranks -- a two-year-old gelding named Horsey McHorseface.
      The jokey moniker riffs off a public poll in Britain that chose Boaty McBoatface as the most popular name for a $300 million polar research ship. The Natural Environment Research Council have not yet decided if they will run with the public's joke.
      This could soon be Boaty McBoatface
      Australian horse owner Joe Rosetti came up with the amusing spin off, quickly convincing his co-owner Bjorn Baker, a trainer at Sydney's Warwick Farm racecourse.
      "We had a laugh about it in the office and thought, 'Hey, why not'," racing manager Jake Bruce told CNN. "Joe's a good bloke and he's a good horse -- we just thought it would be a good fit."