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Our horse racing books will help ensure your thoroughbred has the best speed, agility and spirit. They are essential for any horse racing stable owner.

  • SLAS

    Stable Lass (Hardback)

    Gemma Hoggs

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    Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.

    Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.

    She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
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    The Triumph of Henry Cecil (Hardback)

    Tony Rushmer

    With a foreword by John Gosden When Henry Cecil sent out just 12 winners in 2005 it seemed as if the 10-time champion racehorse trainer's career was in terminal decline. The masterly touch that he'd shown through the glory-days of the two previous decades appeared to have deserted him after a series of painful professional and personal blows, including the death of his twin brother David. When Cecil was diagnosed with cancer in June 2006, it would have been enough to break many a man. But behind the scenes, the master of Warren Place in Newmarket was determined not to be labelled - in his words - a 'has-been'. Showing an iron resolve to fight for his professional reputation as well as his life, Cecil staged one of the great sporting comebacks. It was a story that captured the imagination of the racing public and beyond, peaking with his supreme handling of the unbeaten champion Frankel. Cecil's astonishing revival was witnessed in close-up by Tony Rushmer. The sports journalist became a trusted stable insider after being engaged in spring 2006 to help with the trainer's website and PR. He would remain part of the team right up until Cecil died in June 2013. Rushmer's unique accessover seven years - in which he saw Cecil at the best and worst of times - allows him to provide a fresh perspective on an incredible part of the trainer's career. He is helped by many of those who were closest to the story, having interviewed numerous people during his extensive research. Containing fascinating detail and a wealth of new material, The Triumph of Henry Cecil shows how Cecil emerged from his slump, displayed relentless strength in the face of a cruel disease and trained the magnificent Frankel - as brilliant a racehorse as the sport has ever known.
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  • BXJMK

    Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2019 (Paperback)

    Nick Pulford

    Royal Ascot, the bigget meeting of the Flat season and the highlight of the Summer social calendar, is previewed by the Racing Post's unrivalled band of writers. The key horses are analysed, there is an in depth look at the two-year-olds coming to make their names and we gain a vital understanding of the sprint and staying divisions. Of course, the international element is part of what makes this historic meeting so special and the leading contenders from around the globe are uncovered, plans for whom will have been years in the making. We find out what it means to those outside of the British bubble and the records of jockeys and trainers are assessed. All the essential facts-and-figures are naturally packed in but the social side is not neglected. Almost uniquley important to this meeting, the Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide should prove just as useful for your time before, after and between races as it will for the races themselves.
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  • BXJDA

    Rough Magic (Hardback)

    Lara Prior-Palmer

    '[Prior-Palmer's] gorgeous, sensual depiction of this race is a literary marvel; it feels like you are riding alongside her across the desolate steppes; her verbal acuity makes vivid the most elusive of landscapes; her triumph becomes ours' NYLON The Mongol Derby is the world's toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don't make it to the finish line. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer - nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown - decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby's most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race. A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman's encounter with oblivion, and herself.
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  • BVNKH

    Racing Rogues (Paperback)

    Brian Lee

    Horse racing may be famously known as the 'sport of kings' but, in the pursuit of prize money and getting one over the bookies, it also has attained a notoriety for some underhand, corrupt and downright illegal practices. Horse racing in Wales is not exempt from these dodgy dealings and on many occasions has led the way in it's ingenuity to devise jaw-dropping cons and cunning deceptions. In The Scams, Scandals and Gambles of Horseracing in Wales, Brian Lee, the veteran and highly regarded Welsh racing correspondent has, for the first time, compiled a comprehensive collection of true stories that reveals Welsh racing's most notorious crooks, loveable rouges and most infamous scams, including: The Oyster Maid affair, when a great gambling coup engineered at Tenby in 1927 nearly put paid to horse racing in Wales and was said by the Queen Mother's jockey, Dick Francis, to have been "the most bitterly resented betting coup National Hunt racing has ever known". The astounding story of Am I Blue's when, in 2010, a four-year-old filly, owned and trained by Aberkenfig's Delyth Thomas, romped home at Hereford after being backed from 25-1 to 5-1, despite having woeful form.As one reporter put it: 'There was outrage in some quarters and amusement in others. ' The elaborate switching of horses and the cutting of the telegraph wires at Bath races in 1953 which saw well-know Cardiff bookie Gomer Charles jailed for 2 years for fraud after his syndicate place GBP100k worth of bets on a 'ringer' racehorse that won at 20-1. The Scandals and Gambles of Horseracing in Wales includes stories both from racing 'under rules' but also from point-to-point, known as racing 'between-the-flags', as well as flapping (unlicensed racing). The stories in this enthralling book, in which the reader will meet many of the rogues of the turf, are informative as well as fascinating and will appeal to not only horse racing fans but also readers of true crime.
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  • BUNUS

    Horses In Training 2019 (Paperback)

    Richard Lowther

    Horses In Training is a rarity. On the surface this book contains a mass of tables and information on racing. However its timing, just before the Cheltenham Festival and the start of the new Flat Season is crucial. Perhaps it is the fact that after a long winter, the early spring brings with it the hope of summer months of fabulous racing. Which trainers' young hopefuls will turn into the the stars they all dream of? The book lists, in alphabetical format, British, Irish and French trainers, their horses, the owner and breeder of each horse, foaling dates of two year olds, and the trainer's address and phone numbers. Fully indexed, it has over 200 pages of statistics.
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  • BUNQU

    100 Winners (Paperback)

    Rodney Pettinga

    The 2018 edition produced 113 winners including: Saxon Warrior (2000 Guineas), Rhododendron (Lockinge Stakes), Masar (the Derby), Without Parole (St James's Palace Stakes), Latrobe (Irish Derby), Roaring Lion (Eclipse, Juddmonte International, QEII Stakes), Stradivarius (Gold Cup), and Wild Illusion (Nassau Stakes and Prix De L'Opera). Big priced winners included Kenya (20/1), Masar (16/1), Latrobe (14/1), Highgarden (12/1), Ostilio, Havana Grey and Laurens (all 10/1).
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  • BUMSR

    The Jumping Game (Paperback)

    Henrietta Knight

    As the woman who trained the great Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups, no one could be better qualified than Henrietta Knight to discover what makes today's top jumps trainers succeed. From eccentric, outspoken Yorkshireman Mick Easterby, to elegant, aristocratic Venetia Williams, from Irish wizard, Willie Mullins, to perfectionist champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and young pretender, Dan Skelton, here is a dazzling cast of extraordinary characters, all with their quirks and foibles, but with one single-minded ambition - finding first-class horses and training them to win big races. Henrietta shares their dramatic journeys, methods and secrets of working in a tough, competitive industry. For the trainers, every win reignites the thrill of the sport and a craving for success that never dies. Their stories are fascinating, each one illustrated with unique photographs from private albums.
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  • BUKEO

    Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2019 (Paperback)

    Nick Pulford

    The ultimate betting companion in the build-up to the 2018 Festival. Packed with invaluable advice from the best writers in the business, this comprehensive guide has everything you need for jump racing's biggest meeting. Includes: Race-by-race guide, with in-depth assessment of the main contenders in every championship race by Racing Post betting editor Paul Kealy Key trends for all the established races The Irish challenge Views from the British training centres What the bookmakers say Tipsters' forum with the views of the Racing Post team on the big questions Plus: Racing Post Ratings, Topspeed, trainers and jockeys to follow, pedigree pointers and analysis of the key trials.
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    Stable Lass (Paperback)

    Gemma Hogg

    'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.
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  • BRZGU

    World Racecourses (Hardback)

    Cornelius Lysaght

    100 major horse racing venues with detail of each one's history and heritage from BBC journalist, Cornelius Lysaght. Text is accompanied by contemporary photography and detailed diagrams created by Collins, the world-leading publisher of maps and atlases, making it an essential purchase or gift for any horse racing fan. The book features each track in regional order, starting with the famous Epsom Downs course in England then taking in renowned locations such as Churchill Downs, Royal Ascot and Flemington Racecourse, all the way up to the state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. More unusual and lesser known courses are also featured including the Pardubicka in Czech Republic, St Moritz in Switzerland and Ngong in Kenya. Each course is accompanied by an array of statistics and the latest photographs from these scenic venues. It also features alphabetical and `by country' indices for ease of reference.
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    Winners: The horses, the memories, the defining moments (Hardback)

    Hugh Cahill

    Winners: The Horses, The Memories; The Defining Moments documents a host of favourite memories from the world's foremost racing minds. In this collection of interviews, Hugh Cahill uncovers the cherished memories of some of the most prominent figures in Irish horse-racing as they remember eighty of the horses that have featured most significantly in their lives. All the greats are here - Moscow Flyer, Arkle, Synchronised, Flyingbolt, Frankel, Hurricane Fly, Dawn Run, Bobbyjo, Istabraq, Brave Inca, Papillon, Beef or Salmon and Sea the Stars. These are the horses that have shaped horse-racing over the past fifty years and captured hearts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated, Winners: The Horses, the Memories, the Defining Moments includes contributions from Ruby Walsh, A.P. McCoy, J.P. McManus, Willie Mullins, Jessica Harrington, Davy Russell, Paul Carberry and many more. A compelling and heartfelt exploration of what makes these incredible animals so special to the people who knew them best, Winners is a volume to be treasured and an essential book for horse-racing fans everywhere.
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  • BQYCL

    The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing (Hardback)

    Bill Mooney

    The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys, from Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori, to Bill Shoemaker and Michelle Payne, famous horses, their owners and trainers and more than a dozen of the greatest races around the world. In addition, there are features on every facet of racing. This book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. It is as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it is for racecourse regulars, administrators and the media.
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  • BQHJQ

    Look Where You're Going (Hardback)

    Paddy Briggs

    In May 2017, Alan Pickering won the award for the `Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions (1998-2017)' at the Professional Pensions UK Pension Awards. It was a well-received tribute to the role he had played for more than twenty years. The Pickering Report, commissioned by the Blair government, had been a blunt, brutally honest and pragmatic assessment of what needed to be done if Britain's leadership position in occupational pensions was to be maintained. In this biography, Paddy Briggs, who worked closely with the subject, focuses on the world of pensions and Pickering's leading role in it. But the story is broader and more human than the highly technical world of retirement benefits. Pickering is a baby boomer who grew up in modest circumstances in the City of York. As a child, he was diagnosed with a degenerative eyesight disease, and by his twenties he was totally blind. His disability became more of a spur to ambition and accomplishment than a restraint. This included athletic achievements such as running marathons and being a serious participant in competitive race walking. He has reached the highest levels in the world of financial services and also became a well-known racehorse owner and a vice-president of the Racehorse Owners Association.
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  • BPZZM

    Cue Card (Hardback)

    Lee Mottershead

    Drawing on the unique resources of the Racing Post, the tale of one of the sport's most popular racehorses is told. Since almost literally bursting onto the scene in the 2010 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, when an unconsidered 40/1 shot, he hasn't left the Racing public's affections. Charismatic connections have helped colour the story but it is the achievement on the racecourse, the toughness in battle and the willingness to do it all over again, year in year out, even after that crunching, "million pound fall" in the 2016 Gold Cup. that has garnered this horse such a remarkable following. With the blessing and help of the Bishops (Cue Card's owners), plus the most heartfelt work of the Racing Post's formidable writers through the years, a fitting tribute is produced to a really special horse.
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    Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2018 (Paperback)

    Nick Pulford

    Royal Ascot, the biggest meeting of the Flat season and the highlight of the Summer social calendar, is previewed by the Racing Post's unrivalled band of writers. The key horses are analysed, there is an in depth look at the two-year-olds coming to make their names and we gain a vital understanding of the sprint and staying divisions. Of course, the international element is part of what makes this historic meeting so special and the leading contenders from around the globe are uncovered, plans for whom will have been years in the making. We find out what it means to those outside of the British bubble and the records of jockeys and trainers are assessed. All the essential facts-and-figures are naturally packed in but the social side is not neglected. Almost uniquely important to this meeting, the Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide should prove just as useful for your time before, after and between races as it will for the races themselves.
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    Out of the Clouds (Hardback)

    Linda Carroll

    In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cindarella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen. In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings," a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed "The People's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, The People's Horse unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.
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  • BOIGT

    Dark Horses Annual 2018 (Paperback)

    Marten Julian

    Since it was first published over 40 years ago, Marten Julian's Dark Horses Annual has been widely recognised as the authoritative source of information on unexposed and unraced talent. The guide is packed with valuable and informed insights on unexposed and lightly-raced horses with the potential to progress up through the ranks.
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  • BMKWS

    Racing Post Guide to the Flat 2018 (Paperback)

    David Dew

    Racing Post Guide to the Flat includes exclusive, extended trainer interviews, profiles of over 250 horses to run during 2018, specialist selections for horses to follow, dark horses unearthed and set to shine and Topspeed and Racing Post Ratings.
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    Centaur (Paperback)

    Declan Murphy

    **SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017** Coping with your own death, when you are not yet dead, is a strange thing... A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post prepared his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won. For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.
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  • BMJIB

    Horse Racing Manual (Hardback)

    Tom Peacock

    Horse racing is the second-most attended sport in the United Kingdom behind football, with over 6 million visitors each year. While it has a core support of those who go many times through the calendar, a far higher percentage will probably attend only once or twice and can often find the experience overwhelming. The Horse Racing Manual guides the reader through a first day at the races, explaining all the elements and considerations, from what to wear to placing a bet. Unlike other books on the market, it takes the reader further and goes `behind the scenes', providing explanations into the physiology of the horse and where it comes from, the processes and people involved in leading it to become a racehorse, the breeders, farriers, owners, trainers and jockeys.It would also cover placing a bet and the best ways of finding a winner, the rules of racing, the different types of races and racecourses around the world. The manual would centre upon the UK but, subtle differences aside, would broadly translate for racing in other countries worldwide - including the USA, Australia, France, India, Ireland.
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    100 Winners: Horses to Follow Flat 2018 (Paperback)

    Rodney Pettinga

    The latest edition of the popular guide to Flat racing summarises the prospects of 100 horses who Raceform's race-readers expect to do particularly well in the coming 2018 Flat Turf season. This best-selling annual is now in its 56th year.
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    Remarkable Racecourses (Hardback)

    Tom Peacock

    Remarkable Racecourses is a beautifully presented collection of the world's most striking racecourses. Lavish photographs and informative text show why each racecourse is unique, whether it's the oldest, longest, shortest, most southerly, most northerly, most beautiful or most extraordinary. Among the 70-plus racecourses included are Laytown in Ireland (the only race run on a beach under Turf Club rules), St. Moritz in Switzerland (which takes place on a frozen lake), Pukekohe Park in New Zealand (which is located in the centre of a motor racing circuit), Cartmel in Cumbria (where spectators enjoy the action from the centre of the circuit) and Epsom Downs in Surrey (which is a left-handed, open-ended, horseshoe-shaped course). The book travels across continents, from rural England to Outer Mongolia, to bring you the most astonishing racecourses on the planet. Remarkable Racecourses features more than 70 racecourses including Aintree, Ascot, Baghdad Equestrian Club, Beirut Hippodrome, Birdsville, Cartmel, Champ de Mars, Capannelle, Chantilly, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Ellerslie, Epsom Downs, Flemington, Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Happy Valley, Hialeah Park, Iffezheim, Kernic Bay, Laytown, Longchamp, Mahalaxmi, Maisons-Laffitte, Meydan, Moonee Valley, Newmarket, Pontefract, Pukekohe Park, Santa Anita, St. Moritz, Tokyo, Turffontein, Woodbine.
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    Moments in the Sun (Hardback)

    Claude Duval

    Claude Duval, who retired as The Sun's racing correspondent in October 2016 after 47 years, has a unique insight into the Sport of Kings. He watched all the `greats' in action from Arkle to Frankel and marvelled at the exploits of riding sensations from Lester Piggott to Tony McCoy. He has experienced some hilarious moments on his world-wide journeys and reveals the inner secrets of the turf's top trainers like Sir Henry Cecil, Martin Pipe and Peter Easterby. He was the last surviving member of The Sun from the very first day when Rupert Murdoch started the red-top tabloid in November, 1969. He has previously written widely acclaimed books on Lester Piggott, Willie Carson, Pat Eddery and Tony McCoy.
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