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South African Naming Faux Pas Causes Outrage

Tuesday, 5th March 2013

The debut of a colt in South Africa called Black Caviar has caused justifiable outrage not just in Australia, but abroad. According to news.com.au, "Australian racing authorities are up in arms that an unraced South Africa two-year-old colt, due to debut this week, has been named after the world's most famous racehorse." Globally, there is an unspoken agreement between major racing nations that key names of champions are off-limits, and it is most surprising that the name was allowed to go through by their officials. Peter V'Landys, CEO of Racing NSW said he intends contacting his counterparts across the Indian Ocean to rectify the situation: "There is an understanding among racing jurisdictions not to allow the name of a great racehorse to be used again, either in the country of the ,horse's origin or anywhere else in the world... This should not have been allowed to happen."

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