OUR MEMORIES
Horse Names – Word Series


 

Call and Tell

 

Owners have different reasons behind their choice of names.

Some Owners that retain multiple horses opt to name them as a part of a “series”.

Such practice enhance recognition in order to forge an ownership identity.

 

Prefix and Suffix

 

Remote Origin:

ROSE series

Sir Hormusjee Mody‘s stable was named by his residence Buxey Lodge in Conduit Road.

1903, Mr Mody (Buxey)’s string won nine races. At this time, his ponies held seven of the eleven distance records.

1904, with nine assorted ROSEs his was the biggest stable. They won ten races. CORONET ROSE took the Derby, the Garrison Cup, the Flyaway Stakes and the Champions Stakes.

 

CHIEF series

1913, Sir Ellis Kadoorie achieved his ambition, however, when his big FIJIAN CHIEF won the Derby and Champions.

1915, his string of ponies had lengthened to 14. Unhappily, frustration was again his lot. In the Derby his AUSTRALIAN CHIEF and ENGLISH CHIEF finished second and third.

 

DAHLIA series

1914, Sir Paul Chater‘s stable all called DAHLIAs (GLORIOUS DAHLIA, IDEAL DAHLIA, EMPIRE DAHLIA, SOVEREIGN DAHLIA).

1915, Sir Paul’s PERFECTION DAHLIA, won the Derby.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Later years:

Many owners in those era were known by their horses named with prefixes or suffixes:

Ho Kom-tong using HALL as suffix, while HALL sounded similar to his last name HO, and also has similar meaning to his second name.

Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-fun using FUN as suffix, sounded similar to his given name Fun.

Dr Douglas Laing Tak-Kee using GAY as preffix, sounded similar to his given name Kee.

YUNG, Yung-Tao Sanford using EASY as suffix, which makes a word with similar meaning to his last name YUNG.

At that time a horse owner might have three or four to more than ten horses, most of their names had same prefix or suffix.

 

Examples:

“LIGHT” horses of Moller

(DAYLIGHT, SILKYLIGHT, SATINLIGHT…..)

“KING’S” horses of ‘Tam’ Pearce

(KING’S JUSTICE, KING’S WARRANT, KING’S BOUNTY…..)

 

“BAY” horses of Lambert Dunbar

(LIBERTY BAY, OAK BAY, CONFUSION BAY…..)

 

STAGhorses of Chan Tin-sion

(WINSOME STAG, WOODLAND STAG, WONDERFUL STAG…..)

 

“VIEWS” horses of Li Lan Sang

(MANY VIEW, PLAIN VIEW, PREDOMINANT VIEW …..)

 

SUMMARY

 

Prefix or Suffix Series have given many famous horses with achievement familiar enough for racing fans.

Even among different generations, many horses mentioned above are household names.

Horses with names in a series usually affiliate with the wills of famous owners, their family or syndicates.

Such naming patterns enrich our culture and history in Hong Kong, besides the betting element.

 

REFERENCE

 

1970’s after racing professionalization, examples are:

“EASY” horses of Mr YUNG, Yung-Tao Sanford

(A-GAIN EASY, QUITE EASY, TRULY EASY, UTMOST EASY, EXTREMELY EASY, JUST TOO EASY.)

 

“WITNESS” horses of Arthur da Silva

(SILENT WITNESS, PRIME WITNESS, CHIEF WITNESS…..)

 

“ABLE” horses of Dr & Mrs Cornel Li Fook Kwan

(ABLE WIN, ABLE SPEED, ABLE FRIEND…..)

 

“BEAUTY” horses of Kwok Siu-ming

(BEAUTY FLASH, BEAUTY PLUS, BEAUTY LEAD…..)

 

“CALIFORNIA” horses of Howard Liang

(CALIFORNIA MEMORY, CALIFORNIA CHOICE, CALIFORNIA MOON…..)

 

“MILITARY” horses of Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing

(MILITARY ATTACK, MILITARY SECRET, MILITARY MOVE…..)

 

 

 


 

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