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  • Stable Lass

    Gemma Hoggs

    Product Code: SLAS
    Hardback
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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

    Tony Rushmer

    Product Code: CDOHA
    Paperback
    'A wonderfully insightful, detailed and emotional biography of the legendary trainer's later years' Racing Post '[Cecil's] is a remarkable story and it has now been told with compassion, love, honesty and wonderful insight by Tony Rushmer' David Walsh, Sunday Times 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 access over 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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  • Racing Post Wall Calendar 2020

    David Dew

    Product Code: CBPKE
    Paperback
    Highly popular square-format wall calendar featuring stunning racing photographs. It features one month to view, and includes every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather - colour coded for ease of use. Every month is illustrated with a superb colour photograph by the Racing Post's award-winning photographers.
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  • Enable

    Andrew Pennington

    Product Code: CBZAT
    Hardback
    A modern-day racing heroine, a queen of the turf, Enable stirred the emotions of fans like few before her. Any weather, any racecourse, and any opposition could be overcome; her achievements are unique. This is a story that had to be told and one that has been told through the lens of the Racing Post - its best writers, most astute analysts and unrivalled photographers all play a part. Discover how Enable's masterful trainer John Gosden managed her from beginning to end. On the racecourse, there was never a wrong turn. Setbacks are inevitable with a beast as fragile as the thoroughbred but Gosden was precise in his handling, and as a consequence Enable always delivered when it mattered most. Of course, her story is incomplete without the one-off in the saddle. Frankie Dettori, rider of so many household names, was moved to tears at York on her last racecourse appearance in Britain. He knew he would never ride another horse like Enable. She meant something more to him, something different. Enable will forever hold a special place in Frankie's heart, as she will for all those who saw her race.
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  • Racing Post Pocket Diary 2020

    Letts FLB

    Product Code: CBIVA
    Paperback
    Popular pocket diary featuring one week to view with every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather - as well as major sporting fixtures. Also includes a wealth of racing statistics including a list of big race winners for the past ten years, principal race dates and details of all the racecourses in Britain and Ireland. There are also 12 pages of UK maps plus an underground and National Rail map.
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  • Tiger Roll

    Andrew Pennington

    Product Code: CBIER
    Hardback
    Once a year the public fix their gaze and risk pounds or pence on a race that better than any other reminds us of the grace and courage of the jumps racehorse. The racehorse could have no finer ambassador than Tiger Roll. There is not much of him but he makes every bit count, just as Red Rum did. He was an icon of the turf. So is Tiger Roll. He is this generation's Red Rum and now merits being ranked among the all-time greats of the sport. A horse who wins two Grand Nationals and four times at the Cheltenham Festival deserves nothing less. Horseracing's best writers tell the Tiger Roll tale, a story of overachievement, a story of exceeding expectations, a story of a little legend.
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  • RFO Jumps Racing Guide 2019-2020

    Nicholas Watts

    Product Code: CAZIW
    Paperback
    Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2019-2020 National Hunt season is essential reading for all jumps racing fans. The book features interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; a racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Tom Park and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead.
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  • The Grand National

    Anne Holland

    Product Code: CAXBG
    Hardback
    Every year the Grand National produces very different stories from jockeys and horses alike; uplifting scenes from a victor and heartbreak when a mere inch divides the loser from the winner at the end of nearly four-and-a-half miles and 30 challenging fences. The race has evolved over the years but there is one constant: luck, or the lack of it. How fitting, then, that in 1839 the first winner was named Lottery. Back then, huge crowds rode to Aintree by horseback, in carriages, carts or on foot. Hotels were so full that some slept four guests to a bed. Today the Grand National is probably the world's most famous horse race, with a global television audience of some 600 million in 140 countries. Anne Holland's richly informed book focuses on the race's various record-breakers, rather than being a purely chronological history. In this greatest of all steeplechases, many records have stood the test of time. It is still jockey George Stevens from the 19th century who has ridden the most winners - five. In 2019, Tiger Roll's second consecutive victory was the first time that the feat had been achieved since Red Rum in 1973-74, and before that, Reynoldstown in 1935-36. Throughout its vivid history, many people have been opposed to the Grand National, claiming it to be dangerous. During the 21st century the famous fences have been modified, the drop at Becher's Brook reduced, and the landing levelled. All this has led to a laudable reduction in injuries. The Grand National continues to provide men, women and diverse thoroughbred horses with a true test of skill, bravery and perseverance. Anne Holland's authoritative history celebrates one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles.
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  • The Lucky Thirteen

    Edward Bowen

    Product Code: BXWWM
    Hardback
    In more than a century of American Thoroughbred racing, only thirteen horses have won the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, all won in the same season). Veteran turf writer and racing historian Edward L. Bowen takes us through the rich history of one of the most formidable and exciting challenges in all of sport. Bowen covers the trainers, owners, and jockeys who etched their names into the annals of thoroughbred racing, and the "lucky thirteen" who captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown, racing's most prestigious prize.
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  • Rough Magic

    Lara Prior-Palmer

    Product Code: BXJDA
    Hardback
    '[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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  • Horses In Training 2019

    Richard Lowther

    Product Code: BUNUS
    Paperback
    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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  • Stable Lass

    Gemma Hogg

    Product Code: BTXYD
    Paperback
    '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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  • World Racecourses

    Cornelius Lysaght

    Product Code: BRZGU
    Hardback
    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

    Hugh Cahill

    Product Code: BRZCY
    Hardback
    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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  • Look Where You're Going

    Paddy Briggs

    Product Code: BQHJQ
    Hardback
    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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  • 100 Winners: Horses to Follow Flat 2018

    Rodney Pettinga

    Product Code: BMIMF
    Paperback
    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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  • Beyond the Frame

    Edward Whitaker

    Product Code: BDZCK
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    Winner of the 2012 British Sports Book Awards: Horse Racing Book of the Year. Ed Whitaker, the award-winning racing and sports photographer has no equal when it comes to capturing the magic and essence of horse racing. Beyond The Frame is his second collection of images and includes the portfolio which won him Sports Photographer of the Year 2011. Beautifully produced and printed as a landscape full-colour sumptuous book it will appeal to anyone who follows and appreciates the passionate world of horseracing.
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  • The Stakes Were High

    Keith Baker

    Product Code: BDFEW
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    The son of a poor butcher, John Gully rose to the height of Victorian respectability, whose death in ripe old age was mourned by all classes from paupers to princes. It's the story of an extraordinarily varied life - a bare knuckle fighter and champion of England, a publican, a hugely successful gambler, bookmaker, racehorse and colliery owner, and finally a Member of Parliament. Set at a time when fortunes were won and lost on the turn of a dice, Gully saw the greed and corruption, the rogues and rascals. Remarkable sporting characters of the age feature, such as William Crockford, the Betting Shark; the chivalrous prize fighter Henry Pearce; the mighty Tom Cribb, bare knuckle champion of the world; and Colonel Mellish, prolific gambler and finest of the Corinthians. Enemies saw Gully as a cunning man, a schemer who corrupted the betting world. To others he was a man with impeccable judgement and integrity, to whom royalty would trust their fortunes. The Stakes Were High is the fascinating story of his life.
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  • Mr Darley's Arabian

    Christopher McGrath

    Product Code: BBCPS
    Paperback
    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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  • Thoroughbred Pedigrees Simplified

    Product Code: BAYHW
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    Racing has changed from a luxury sport to a major industry, attracting many students to the various courses provided. The growth of racing clubs and syndicates has also drawn in an ever increasing section of the community. Some of these individuals will find themselves bewildered by much of the terminology of thoroughbred breeding. This book sets out to explain in layman's language what it is all about: What is meant by thoroughbred? Who is the more important parent - the sire or the dam? What is the point of pedigrees? What is the 'bottom line' and why is it so important? What does inbred 3x4 mean? Is inbreeding harmful or beneficial? Thoroughbred Pedigrees Simplified provides detailed information on all aspects of the thoroughbred horse.
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  • How's Your Dad?

    Mick Channon

    Product Code: AYSZU
    Paperback
    A failure at most things but not storytelling, this is Mick Channon Jnr's finest book to date. This is also his first book. Framed within the tribulations of a turbulent year in a racing yard, How's Your Dad? examines the relationship between a father and son. Mick Channon Snr, an arthritic workaholic and "grumpy old bastard", played football at the highest level for over twenty years. Almost uniquely, he followed up this sporting career with another, scaling the heights of racing. Mick Channon Jnr had plenty to live up to and despite enjoying the benefits of such a heritage he felt that pressure, as well as the relative anonymity of always being 'Mick's son'.
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  • Sixty Years of Jump Racing

    Robin Oakley

    Product Code: AXGCB
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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. .
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  • Coolmore Stud

    Alan Conway

    Product Code: AWZID
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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.
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  • Winner: My Racing Life

    AP McCoy

    Product Code: AVXIE
    Paperback
    Fully updated with a new chapter on A.P.'s knighthood, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award and his new role as a TV pundit When Tony 'A.P.' McCoy announced his retirement from racing, the shockwaves reverberated across the world of sport. With more than 4,300 winners to his name, McCoy seemed to be at the peak of his powers when he suddenly brought down the curtain on an extraordinary career. But then A.P. McCoy has always done things his way. In Winner: My Racing Life, AP reflects upon his unparalleled career, taking the reader from his humble beginnings in County Antrim to the emotional day at Sandown when horse racing bade a tearful farewell to arguably its greatest ever star. McCoy relates in forensic detail the process that led to his decision to retire, recalls some of his greatest rides, lifts the lid on his family life and looks ahead to a future no longer driven by the constant pursuit of victory. The result is a remarkable insight into the private and public life of a true winner.
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