What is in a good racehorse’s name? Quite often it is something personal, and some of the better ones can be a simple but very clever play on words with either or both the sire’s and dam’s names.
At Orange today, the well-named Fashionista will make her debut in the 1000m Maiden Handicap for trainer Michael Lynch, and there is no doubting that some punters will gravitate towards her looks and her name.
Bred and part-owned by Sky Racing presenter John Gatfield, he explained that there was no big secret to the origin of her name, and that the opportunity arose to use the name ‘Fashionista’ on what he deemed the appropriate type of filly.
“She is by Denman, out of Ajawaan, but I can honestly say that it was nothing obvious that lent itself when naming her,” Gatfield said.
“All I was doing was reading books going back a couple of years, and I kept a notebook and jotted down words that might be good names.
“I had a list of 19 or so names, and Fashionista was one coming available in the new season, so I waited until August 1 and got the name in.”
The bay mare has the looks to go with her name, and co-owners Helen Quin and Kathryn Cahill agreed with Gatfield.
“I thought it’s not a bad name, and Michael (Lynch) is married to Kathryn Cahill, and back during my time with Racing NSW, we had struck up a friendship, and we have been good friends for a long time
“We raced the mother, and gave her the name AJ, and with this filly being by Denman, she was called DJ.
“She’s such an attractive and pretty filly, and Fashionista seems to be an appropriate name, and Kathryn and Helen agreed with the name.’”
Gatfield is hoping the four-year-old lives up to her stylish looks at Orange today, and he has some reason to be confident.
“Mathew Cahill did all the work early on her before he got injured, and he always held an opinion on her,” Gatfield said.
“He thought she was pretty smart, and above average and I guess we will see how she progresses.”
Lynch, who trains the mare out of his Cowra base, was expecting a good run on debut, but he does believe she will only be better for the outing.
“We expect her to run a nice race but how forward she is, we’re not quite sure,” Lynch said.
“She had that one trial at Goulburn and pulled up shin sore, so we turned her out, and because of the spate of wet weather, we didn’t bother bringing her in.
“She has been back working for a bit now, and we are happy with what she is doing, but whatever she does at Orange, she will be better for it.”
Fashionista, which has Michael Heagney in the saddle, is currently a $12 chance in the 1000m Maiden Handicap.