Huddersfield Town’s new racehorse has been named – by a Leeds United fan!
The unraced two-year-old, which could make its debut on the track next month, will be called Huddersfilly Town.
Mark Edley, of Huddersfield-based New Leaf Financial Services, came up with the name.
Even though he is one of Town’s sponsors, he is a massive Leeds fan.
Supporters were asked to suggest names by text message in a competition to raise money for the club’s Keep It Up Campaign.
All the names were put to Town ambassador Andy Booth who made the final decision.
“The name says it all really,” said Booth. “We wanted something that connects the horse to the football club.”
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The horse is being syndicated for small scale ownership by Town fan and professional gambler Richard Ward.
It will be the first of a string of football club-linked racehorses.
Richard said: “The process was a close run thing and it was a difficult choice for Boothy. We had some great suggestions but we wanted one with clear links to the football club.
“It’s a bit ironic that the Town filly has been named by a Leeds fan. I hope that doesn’t prove a handicap!”
There were 272 entries and a total of £190.40 was raised for Keep It Up. Richard will make it up to £200.
The most popular suggestion – with 100 votes – was GGtwentythree, a name in memory of Town fan Gavin Greig, 23, of Golcar, who died of cancer in January.
Gavin also loved his horseracing and friends voted in droves.
Gavin’s initials – and the Examiner’s logo – will go on the collar of the jockey’s silks.
Other suggestions for the Town filly included Hooftobeaterrier, Filly Starbuck, Boothysnewknees and Better than Klopp.
Keep It Up splits money between the club’s youth academy and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Mr Edley won a 1% share in the horse and shares are still available for anyone who wants to get involved in racehorse ownership.
For details ring Richard on 07432 055232 or e-mail email@example.com.