Harry Redknapp says his racehorse Shakem Up’Arry has the qualities of footballer Harry Kane.
He believes the seven-year-old, 16-1 with the sponsors for Saturday’s £125,000 Betfair Hurdle, has many of the Tottenham striker’s strengths in equine form.
Asked to compare him to any footballer, in a call hosted by Great British Racing, Redknapp said: “I’d like to think he’s a Harry Kane you know.
“Very professional, gives everything. Always gives his best, team player.
“I think he’s a pretty honest horse, I think he gives everything he has got to offer every time he runs.”
Redknapp, currently helping out Bournemouth’s caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate, told how he has often named his horses after his managerial days in football.
Shakem Up’Arry came from a fan’s regular chants at West Ham.
“I used to have a guy stand behind me at West Ham when I was manager and for 90 minutes he’d be shouting at me, right behind my dug out, shakem up’arry, shakem up’arry!” he said.
“I used to come home Saturday nights after a game and all I could hear was this guy’s voice, shakem up’arry!
“So when I got a horse I thought I’ve got to call it Shakem Up’Arry.”
The horse, trained in Gloucestershire by Ben Pauling, has won one race from eight appearances on the track.
But he has bumped into some smart prospects along the way, including Cheltenham Festival Arkle Chase favourite Shishkin.
Shakem Up’Arry finished second to Metier in the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown, Betfair’s 6-1 favourite for Saturday’s valuable handicap.
Pauling said he expects Redknapp’s horse to really flourish when he begins racing over fences.
“I think this horse could be absolutely out of the top drawer next season,” the trainer said.
“Fences are just going to be what he wants. I really do think he has got everything we need.”