View from rue des Couples, Strasbourg October 2005
If, like me, you occassionally take a punt on the horses, then you’ve probably at some time or another wondered about all the bizarre names they have?

Well one of the fringe benefits of expanding your vocabulary to include French is that you start to understand what some of them actually mean.

For example:

  • The winner of the King George chase in 2003 was called Edredon Bleu, which means ‘Blue Quilt’ in French
  • The Winner of the Queen Mother Hurdle in 2004 was Azertuiop, which is the first row of letters on a French keyboard

And (obviously) having this extra insight just before you place your bet can only aid your chances of winning.