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Smith puts big rap on Jimmy Recard

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David Polkinghorne

Aussie hip hop and horse racing aren't your usual bedfellows, but the two worlds will collide at the Queanbeyan race course today.

Mick Smith's horse Jimmy Recard will jump in the get-out stakes - a class 1 and maiden plate (2000 metres) in the last of a seven-race meet.

Smith is a big fan of Triple J, where he first heard Perth rapper Drapht and his hit single Jimmy Recard.

He was hoping his Octagonal five-year-old could become the equine version of the lyrics: ''If anything, Jimmy's a man of the millennium, no two men can better him, not even Lenny and Carl.''

So far Jimmy Recard the horse has acted more like a rock star and is yet to win from his nine starts.

Smith originally bred him with the view to winning the listed Canberra Cup (2000m).

''That looks a long way away right now,'' Smith said with a laugh.

''Little steps first, Queanbeyan class one … he's spending too much time in the bar and not enough time in the gym.''

But Smith had to jump through hoops just to get the name accepted by Racing NSW, who don't like horses named after people.

He had to convince them Jimmy Recard is a fictitious alter-ego who only exists in Drapht's mind.

''We had to grab [Drapht's] blog and send it to Racing NSW and we had to do a search of the Whitepages to show that there was no one called Jimmy Recard, and I had to send in the words of the song and ultimately it was approved,'' Smith said.

Having gone through so much rigmarole, Smith decided he might as well get Drapht's all-clear as well.

''His very succinct response was, 'Go for it, Paul','' he said.

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