The winner of the vote to name the Sky Sports News horse has been announced

Last Updated: 06/03/13 10:16am

Following a public vote, the Sky Sports News horse has been named, and will be called...

Sky Sports News has teamed up with Racing for Change to buy a two-year-old horse to race for viewers to get involved with during the 2013 Flat season.

For a couple of weeks we have been running a poll to choose the name of the horse - the shortlist of five names was chosen by Sky Sports News presenter Alex Hammond and trainer Andrew Balding from a much larger list that had been formed from suggestions by Sky employees.

The poll closed on Monday evening and we can now announce the winner - ON DEMAND.

The name On Demand topped the poll with 43 per cent of the vote after nearly three and a half thousand viewers had their say.

Sky Flyer (26%) was the second most popular name ahead of Channel Changer (13%), Nevada Sky (10%) and Sky's Star (8%).

The idea of the Sky Sports News horse is to give more people the chance to understand what is involved in owning a racehorse, promote British horse racing to a wider audience... and hopefully find a winner.

Balding said: "She's still just cantering and we are still some way off trying to make her going any faster than she wants to at the moment.

"I would have thought that by the middle of April she will start faster work and we will have a better idea of when she might be ready for the racetrack.

"It's appropriate for the Sky horse to be called On Demand - and hopefully she can win on demand!"