Racehorse banned over risque name

June 1st, 2008 - 11:36 am ICT by admin  

Melbourne, June 1 (ANI): After winning his debut contest, racehorse Aydee Fic has galloped into a storm of controversy, over of his risque name.

A week ago few race fans were aware of Aydee Fic but there were some punters, most of Lebanese background, cheering and laughing as the two-year-old won the race on May 24.

What most now know, via blog sites and pub talk, is the loose translation of the Arabic phrase Aydee Fic is F— you.

All racehorse names have to be approved by Racing Information Services Australia.

Not surprisingly officials in Melbourne didn’t pick up the cheeky name. But they have moved swiftly to ban Aydee Fic, who in future will be known officially as Journey On.

Geelong businessman Rodney Lane has been identified as the culprit.

“I was only having a bit of fun. That was the third name I submitted on the list of possible names,” Courier Mail quoted Lane, as saying.

“I think Sam Newman is right. It’s a sanitised world now. The minority rules, he added. (ANI)

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