The Greatest Racehorse Nicknames

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Photo courtesy of The National Interest / Focusonracing

There have been some truly remarkable horses on the National Hunt circuit in recent years, and many of whom have been given some great nicknames by their trainers or jockeys.

Whether it be the horse’s attitude when racing, their physical attributes or swagger around the racecourse there have been some creative nicknames over the years.


Denman – The Tank


Denman was an absolute beast with tremendous guts and determination.

The heavyweight champion shrugged off having to carry top weight in many of his big race wins including the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Boxer David Haye once said of the horse, “I looked into Denman’s eyes and saw the steely determination of a champion, and he reminded me of me.”


Might Bite – Maverick


The maverick Might Bite earned this tag in the RSA Chase last year at the Cheltenham Festival.

Might Bite almost gave the whole of Cheltenham a heart attack by veering to the right in the home straight, waiting for the loose horse and stablemate Whisper to catch up which he then caught on the line in a pulsating finish.


Sprinter Sacre – James Bond / The Big, Black Aeroplane

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Sprinter Sacre was lucky enough to get two nicknames.

He was called the equine James Bond by his trainer Nicky Henderson, for his cool and confident demeanour. Henderson said, “He just has that incredible aura about him. He knows he’s good and he likes to tell everybody he’s good”.

The big, black aeroplane comparison was most poignant after his 2013 Champion Chase victory at the Cheltenham Festival where he destroyed the field with an excellent round of jumping.


Kauto Star – L’Extraterriste


Kauto Star was known as L’Extraterriste in France before he came to the UK.

His talent was simply out of this world as this list of achievements show; 15 career Grade One wins, first horse to ever regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the only horse to win a Grade One chase in seven consecutive seasons.


Faugheen – The Machine

It isn’t certain when the ‘machine’ reference began but it was probably about early in his career.

One thing is for certain, he has been fully deserving of the name with eight career Grade One victories. The racing world will hope he comes back to his brilliant best after his injuries and recent dip in form.


Black Corton – mini Ferrari

It was another Saturday and another big-race victory for Bryony Frost last Saturday at Ascot after the winning the Grade Two Reynoldstown on board her most prolific partner, Black Corton.

Black Corton is a small speedy horse and has the ability to go through the gears at break neck speed much in the same way a Ferrari goes from 0-60mph in a matter of seconds.


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