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Boaty McBoatface inspires Horsey McHorseface

Horsey McHorseface moved to Australia after being purchased in New Zealand Credit: Bjorn Baker Racing

One race horse trainer has taken inspiration from Boaty McBoatface in naming his latest competitor - Horsey McHorseface.

The two-year-old steed is now the only novelty name an 82-horse yard belonging to Australian owner Joe Rosetti.

Horsey was bought in New Zealand for £32,000 last November and is expected to debut in Australia's competitive racing in mid to late May.

Racing manager Jake Bruce admitted he had been inspired by a public poll in the UK that chose Boaty McBoatface as the most popular name for a £200 million polar research ship.

"We had a laugh about it in the office and thought, 'Hey, why not'," Mr Bruce said.

"Joe's a good bloke and he's a good horse -- we just thought it would be a good fit".

In March, South West Trains renamed one of their trains travelling between Portsmouth and London Waterloo "Trainy McTrainface".