Horse With Extremely Inappropriate Name Wins At Flemington
A race for grey horses may have left many seeing red.
Remember when cricketer Chris Gayle propositioned then-Channel 10-reporter Mel McLaughlin in that infamous Big Bash post-match interview and famously said "Don't blush, baby"?
Well, a horse called "Don't Blush Baby" just won the fourth race at Flemington on Oaks Day.
A reminder: Back in January 2016, McLaughlin was trying to interview the West Indian batsman about the cricket match which had just finished. But Gayle wasn't interested in that. He wanted to ask McLaughlin out.
"I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here... Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice," he said.
"So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby."
Gayle was fined $10,000 by his Big Bash team the Melbourne Renegades, and you would have thought it a safe bet that the phrase "don't blush, baby" wouldn't be heard again for a while.
Then along came this five-year-old grey gelding.
Horses' names are often a combination of their parents' names. Don't Blush Baby's sire (dad) was Demerit and its dam (mum) was a mare named Pretty Pia. So we're not sure there's much of a connection there.
The likely conclusion is that the horse's name comes directly from the interview exchange. We've contacted the horse's owners, Price Bloodstock Management, for comment. 10 daily has also contacted Mel McLaughlin.
We'll keep you posted.