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Horse Racing Books & Guides

    Anthony Gibson
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    The Value Seeker System searches out the best value bets each day from racing that takes place in Britain, using a copy of the Racing Post and following a strong set of statistics allied with some simple aspects of form. With practice, selections can be found within ten minutes each morning and placed before racing takes place. There is no reason to get emotionally involved betting on live racing as the author believes this is most punters' downfall. Professional punter Anthony Gibson's system has performed extremely well over the last ten years. In an 18-month period up to the end of 2014, his Value Seeker betting system has earned GBP138,000 to GBP100 bets. By following the system you could soon be backing good value winners overlooked by the general betting population.
    Graham Sharpe
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    At one point in her life, Dorothy Paget was described by journalist Quintin Gilbey, as 'so much in the public eye that she became, apart from royalty, the best-known woman in the land.' Synonymous with Golden Miller, perhaps the greatest racehorse ever to jump a fence, Paget ploughed fortunes into racing and breeding, buying - despite never visiting - the Ballymacoll Stud in Ireland. She also happened to be the biggest gambler ever to walk the turf. Living an eccentric lifestyle, she would spend most of the day in bed and rise at night, placing bets with bookmakers and their staff, specifically employed for these late night duties. She was even allowed to place bets on races that had already been run the previous day. This is the long overdue telling of the life of an extraordinary, larger-than-life character, of great interest to social historians, racing fans, and to those fascinated by gamblers, gambling, eccentrics and absolute one-offs.
    Tom Peacock
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    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.
    Paul Mathieu
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    Beckhampton celebrates the kaleidoscope of men, money and horses linked to one of Britain's oldest and greatest racing stables: Beckhampton, on the Wiltshire downs. The story reveals how an isolated coaching inn morphed into a top training yard, home to some 40 Classic winners. The cast of characters roam from the magistrate who sat in judgement on his own prosecution for disorderly behaviour, to the undergraduate who arrived at university with a string of horses and 2,000 bottles of port; from the jockey who was commandeered by Lord Palmerston to ride to a Channel port to collect a peace treaty, to the champion wrestler who became a gin baron and the owner of Classic-winning racehorses. Add Royalty and household names like Sir Gordon Richards, the 26-times champion jockey, and you have a brilliantly-researched book to delight anyone with an interest in the Sport of Kings.
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    Now in its sixth edition, the Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of reference. The book 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 and the leading owners and trainers and the famous horses. Every personality (human and equine), event and issue of importance in the history of both flat racing and steeplechasing will be referred to somewhere in the book. In addition, the off-track world of racing will be explored through the chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, social and cultural aspects, media coverage and the business of the racing. Written by two acknowledged authorities on the racing scene, this book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. This book will be as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it will be for the serious student, administrator and the media.
    John Hunt
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    Palio is a richly illustrated celebration of the legendary Italian horserace. Showcasing specially commissioned photography, epic film stills and rare archival images, Palio is Italy in microcosm. This authoritative volume shows not only the civic ritualism and rich symbolism of this extraordinary event, but how "the game" is played both on and off the racetrack. For the "assassin" jockeys and the passionate Sienese - il Palio e vita - the Palio is life. The Palio movie will launch worldwide in October 2015.
    Tom Peacock
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    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.
    Sam Morshead
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    Sam Morshead is the first leading professional jockey to have become an acclaimed racecourse manager. Now, with an engaging, unsophisticated charm he takes you directly into a horse mad childhood and everything that brought. Sam was born and brought up in Ireland to Cornish parents. He began riding before school age and his talent was evident. Just 17 when riding over fences for the first time, he was hooked. A move to England brought over 400 winners, down largely to his defining role as first jockey to elite trainer Fred Rimell. A series of head injuries ended his riding days but he soon reinvented himself in Scotland as clerk of the course at Perth and when ill health forced him to step down last summer he was swamped with tributes. Anxious to tell his story and equipped with a wealth of knowledge and innate passion built up over almost 40 years in horse racing, Sam Morshead provides a colourful, sometimes poignant, glimpse into a life well lived.
    Brough Scott
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    Sprinter Sacre's 2016 Champion Chase success generated a level of bedlam previously unseen at the Cheltenham Festival.His matchless redemptive story reaching its heady climax as racing's public seemingly willed the impossible, possible. Legendary status was already assured yet it was Sprinter Sacre's return from the brink, his battle with adversity that has taken this horse of the ages into such rarefied territory.Drawing on the unique resources of the Racing Post, including many previously unseen photos, an extraordinary tale is told of a racehorse whose incredible looks are, for once, matched by his achievements. Introduced to fences in 2011, he soon built an aura of invincibility that all presumed would last for years to come, but, in December 2013 that spectacularly vanished as the tribulation of atrial fibrillation reared its head.While he battled through, his greatest moments were in his past. Despite the patience and expertise of trainer Nicky Henderson and vet Celia Marr, whose ultrasound and ECG readings are here to see, the spark of brilliance had fizzled out.Then in late 2015 that spark flickered into life before setting the sporting world alight as his story reached its most epic crescendo.
    Claude Duval
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    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.
    Sir Peter O'Sullevan
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    Sir Peter O'Sullevan was closely involved in horse racing for more than 70 years. He was 'The Voice', his distinctive tones providing the soundtrack for the sport's greatest occasions, and he was a superbly well-informed pundit whose unrivalled connections secured him a huge following among punters. But he was also a superb writer, with a humour so dry and a style so distinctive that his 1989 autobiography Calling the Horses topped the best-seller lists. This new edition of Peter O'Sullevan s Horse Racing Heroes, first published in 2004, puts O'Sullevan the writer centre stage as he salutes the heroes equine as well as human - who enriched an extraordinary racing life. In this book - all royalties from which go directly to the Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust - one racing hero pays affectionate homage to twelve heroes of his own.
    Henrietta Knight
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    Retired racehorse trainer and bestselling author, Henrietta Knight, probes the secrets of thirty top National Hunt trainers in England and Ireland. As the woman who trained the great Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups - a feat only equalled by the legendary Arkle in the 60s - 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. Their stories are fascinating, each one illustrated with unique photographs from private albums.
    Richard Lowther
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    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 princes and princesses they all hope for? 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.
    Nicholas Godfrey
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    Postcards from the World of Horse Racing: Days Out on the Global Racing Road is the new book by international-racing expert Nicholas Godfrey. In a series of evocative, informative pieces from around the racing world, Godfrey visits 20 different countries on six continents, from unforgettable high-profile events at major racecourses - such as the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs or the Dubai World Cup at billion-dollar Meydan - to racing venues on the road less travelled - like Morocco, Uruguay and Switzerland, where they race on a frozen lake in St Moritz. Among those he encounters are America's mighty mare Zenyatta, Triple Crown hero American Pharoah and Black Caviar, the 'Wonder from Down Under'. As well as reliving his experiences, Godfrey prefaces each postcard with a how-to guide for those wishing to follow in his footsteps. Illustrated with a range of colour photographs, the book also features a foreword by Brough Scott, one of the most respected sportswriters in the business.
    Graham Buddry
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    Yesterday's Heroes doesn't pretend to be a definitive list of the best horses over fence and timber, instead it is an entertaining and informative look at some of the finest and most fascinating horses jump racing has ever seen. Every horse hero featured in the book has his own unique, sometimes heartbreaking, story. Be it a titanic battle of champions racing head-to-head, the emergence of a new superstar or the final hurrah of an aging favourite you will want to read again and again. From the tragic story of One Man to the brilliance of Desert Orchid, the majesty of Silver Buck to the faltering steps of Crisp, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. More recent heroes such as Viking Flagship, Baracouda and Moscow Flyer stand alongside old favourites such as Sea Pigeon and Comedy of Errors. The final chapter takes a dispassionate look at the age old question 'who is the greatest,' offering insightful arguments regarding the main choices. Yesterday's Heroes is based on Graham's columns of the same name written for Racing Ahead magazine.
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    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. The guide features: Premier List - 25 horses which Marten believes will pay their way and reward followers by making a profit to level stakes. Handicap Specialists - 25 horses which Marten believes start the season from favourable marks and will be placed to win handicaps by their trainers. The Classic Portfolio - Marten's in-depth analysis of the Oaks, Derby, 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, with recommendations for the basis of an ante-post portfolio.
    Alan Conway
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    Nestled in a quiet part of County Tipperary, Coolmore Stud casts as long a shadow as any sporting entity over the history of Irish sport. Founded by the legendary horse trainer Vincent O'Brien, and now managed by John Magnier, Coolmore Stud has grown from a small breeding farm into a global behemoth, renowned the world over for the quality of the horses it produces. Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Using the stories of the people involved, including the legendary Syndicate of Magnier, O'Brien and Robert Sangster, and of the famous horses it has produced, such as the legendary 'Sadler's Wells', his sons 'Galileo' and 'Montjeu', and the mighty 'Danehill', this book charts the rise of one of Ireland's greatest sporting success stories.
    Joe Drape
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    History was made at the Belmont Stakes in Summer 2015 when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown title, the first racehorse to achieve the momentous feat since Affirmed in 1978. Pharoah was the crowd favorite, as spectators had anxiously anticipated the American Thoroughbred's victory, already a proven winner at the year's earlier Kentucky Derby and Preakness races. By all appearances, American Pharoah has led a successful career, unmarred by any controversy as he was the undisputed champion-only twelve horses total in American history have won the Triple Crown. Unfortunately however, his training team has not fared nearly as well. With accusations ranging from sour business transactions to poor gambling practices to active litigation with bankruptcy courts and other legal cases pending, his owner Ahmed Zayat has many rooting against him. The flamboyant Egyptian-American businessman has been leading a double-life that has threatened to overwhelm his small empire. Victor Espinoza, the famed racehorse's relentless jockey, left rural Mexico only to face harsh conditions on a farm where he had to overcome his fear of horses before learning that he had a gift for race riding. Finally, Bob Baffert, American Pharoah's trainer, has an interesting arc that includes tremendous wins, personal losses, and controversial medication violations. Beginning with American Pharoah's modest showing at his first maiden race in 2014, Joe Drape will recount the winning thoroughbred's explosive racing career by weaving in details of Zayat's questionable business practices, Espinoza's heartbreaking loss with California Chrome last year, and Baffert's temperamental, unreliable track record. By interviewing many of the parties involved, Drape will explore the claims of corruption, illegal gambling, and secretive business practices that have been prevalent throughout, all that have ultimately contributed to the makings of this award-winning racehorse.
    Christopher McGrath
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    Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year AwardIn 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that: and although Mr Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel.The story of racing is about man's relationship with horses, and Mr Darley's Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper - the racecourse has always brought high and low life together. McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings.
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    Imagine a Cheltenham Festival preview night where the expertise and experience of the Racing Post's unrivalled team is gathered in one place. Well, here it is in book form - 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.
    Robin Oakley
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    Robin Oakley brings alive the colourful world of those who ride and train jumping horses. With elegant production and gripping images The History of Jump Racing chronicles the social and economic changes which have brought the sport's ups and downs-like the development of sponsorships and syndicate ownership, the near loss of the Grand National, the growing domination of the Cheltenham Festival and the growth of all-weather racing to meet the bookies' demands for betting shop fodder. Pace and colour is provided by stories of the horses who have been taken to the heart of racing crowds, like the Irish-trained hurdler Istabraq and Best Mate, the three-times winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for England. Famous rivalries and memorable races are re-lived and key victories revisited in portraits of and interviews with the owners, jockeys and trainers who have dominated the sport. The emphasis will be largely on the past fifty years-from Arkle to Tony McCoy-but a significant introduction by Edward Gillespie encapsulates the past history of what was previously known as 'National Hunt Racing' and sets the stories in context. .
    Matthew Binns
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    There are still many unknowns in the breeding of Thoroughbreds, but the international research coalition known as the Equine Genome Project is facilitating many new exciting discoveries. Dr Matthew Binns is a leader of the project, an enterprise set up to map the equine genome, and with racing historian and bloodstock authority Tony Morris has written this important book on the theory, practice, art and science of Thoroughbred breeding. This long-awaited book describes how man came to express pedigree and to develop theories about it, and how practical breeders behaved in the light of their understanding. It explains why many theories - including some still widely granted credibility today - are fallacious, examines the very real progress in knowledge since the principles of genetics were discovered, and focuses on the exciting developments of the last few years, when eminent geneticists have applied their expertise to the subject of the Thoroughbred. It has been the authors' endeavour to present that information in a form that may be readily understood by anyone who shares a love of the Thoroughbred and a fascination with what makes him what he is. Packed with absorbing history and cutting-edge science, this is a fascinating and illuminating book.
    Frankie Dettori
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    Irresistible to the punters, champion jockey Frankie Dettori is a charismatic personality with an easy charm and immaculate dress sense that make him an instant favourite on the track and a household name off it. His autobiography has been fully updated to include Frankie's record-breaking racing exploits in 2004. In his own words, Frankie Dettori charts his rise from stable lad to champion jockey, revealing the endless hours of hard work, the fun along the way, and his determination to succeed against the odds. Frankie relives his nine Classic winners in the UK and talks about his notable victories at the St Leger, The Breeder's Cup Mile, the Arc de Triomphe, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and, memorably, his seven winners on the same card at Ascot in 1996. He also shares the secrets of his successful partnerships with trainers like Luca Cumani and John Gosden, and owners such as Sheikh Mohammed of the Goldolphin organisation. This is also a human interest story. Frankie talks openly about using drugs to keep his weight down, his celebrity role as team captain on 'A Question of Sport', his rich and varied lifestyle outside of racing, including his family and inner circle, and of the moment when he almost lost his life following a plane crash. Controversial, informative and hugely entertaining, Frankie Dettori's life story will appeal to the millions of people who follow the sport as well as those intrigued to know more about one of the greatest talents that horse-racing has ever seen.
    John White
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    Horse racing is a sport where the superstars of the track come and go every year and even if the human element remains constant, new equine legends are created on an annual basis. The Horse Racing Miscellany is celebration of the world of the thorough bred, from the four arab stallions of the 1700s - from which all modern race horses can trace their bloodlines - to two-year-olds making their track debuts. Great races, tracks, trainers, jockeys, and owners are described in bite-size factoids to amaze and amuse, while stories of heroic riders, frantic finishes, and famous horses rub shoulders with statistics, quotes and lists. In short, if you love the Sport of Kings, The Horse Racing Miscellany is just for you.