Watch crazy horse Blackbeard ‘take the p**s’ with pre-race dance moves as Ryan Moore just tries to hang on

THE real Blackbeard was a terrifying pirate who plundered ships in the 1700s – but his namesake horse is only interested in dancing.

Meet Blackbeard, the Aidan O’Brien-trained superstar who keeps winning – or misbehaving before races.

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Blackbeard was sweating at the start of the 6f race… but that would soon prove the least of his worries
Stall managers back off as Blackbeard does his thing, which includes throwing his head on the turf

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Stall managers back off as Blackbeard does his thing, which includes throwing his head on the turf
Jockey Moore now knows it's all part of the act with the horse - but that still doesn't stop scary moments like this

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Jockey Moore now knows it’s all part of the act with the horse – but that still doesn’t stop scary moments like this

Blackbeard showed off some of his already infamous moves ahead of the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in France last Sunday.

Poor old Ryan Moore had the thankless task of trying to control the wild two-year-old colt in the starting stalls.

A stall driver tried to coax the horse forward but quickly had other ideas when it began to prance.

Moore knew it was all part of the show with Blackbeard, so the top jockey let him do his thing.

Blackbeard lowered his nose to the ground and dug his hooves into the grass.

Then, as the handlers ran away, he rushed in the opposite direction of the track and jumped high into the air.

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Again, all Moore could do was let his boy do his usual pre-race dance before entering the gate.

The good news for the backers is that the theater seems to make no difference to him, as he comfortably picked up his first victory at the highest level against runner-up Persian Force.

But again, the main talking point with the horse was his pre-race demeanor.

One stunned punter said it was like the horse was “taking the p**s away” from the poor stall handlers.

Another commented: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horse do this in 45 years of horse racing.

“Moore sat on it like he was waiting for a bus. A rider.”

One article read: “Blackbeard gives us some serious entertainment before a race.”

One observer said: “Horse was an emotional wreck and ran well below his best here, but was still pretty good. What a machine.”

Another wrote: “He’s so mean. I love him.”

A punter who has watched the horse a few times commented: “This guy gets so excited every time, it’s part of his character.

“The way Ryan handles him, sit down, let him do his ritual performance, the handler charges him and he wins. He’s a good horse.”

While another said: “Blackbeard is the gift that keeps on giving. I love his ‘my way or the highway’ attitude.

“Give me an eccentric horse with talent rather than a calm horse without talent all day.”

It’s clear that Blackbeard has ambitious goals going forward and relationships clearly think a lot of him.

He is currently rated 4-1 to win the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 24.

While he’s a 6-1 better price to land Dewhurst, also at Newmarket, on October 8.

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