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Racing Post Guide to the Jumps 2020-2021 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Guide to the Jumps 2020-2021 (Paperback)
David Dew
R342 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R57 (17%) Out of stock

Racing Post Guide to the Jumps is one of the key tools for racing enthusiasts and punters to look ahead to the upcoming National Hunt season. It includes exclusive interviews with the top jumps trainers, both in the UK and Ireland in which they discuss their teams and plans for their most exciting horses. It profiles 250 horses who are likely to be key players throughout the season and should be worth following. Plus it also unearths some likely unexposed 'dark horses' to follow that may be less well known. It also contains both Topspeed and Racing Post ratings. In full colour throughout, it is the one book that every jumps racing enthusiast should have.

Dancer's Image - The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (Paperback): Milton C. Toby Dancer's Image - The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (Paperback)
Milton C. Toby
R398 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On May 4, 1968, Dancer's Image crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the 94th Kentucky Derby. Yet the jubilation ended three days later for the owner, the jockey and the trainers who propelled the celebrated thoroughbred to victory. Amid a firestorm of controversy, Dancer's Image was disqualified after blood tests revealed the presence of a widely used anti-inflammatory drug with a dubious legal status. Over forty years later, questions still linger over the origins of the substance and the turmoil it created. Veteran turfwriter and noted equine law expert Milt Toby gives the first in-depth look at the only disqualification in Derby history and how the Run for the Roses was changed forever.

There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders (Hardcover): Mary Twelveponies There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders (Hardcover)
Mary Twelveponies; Foreword by John Lyons
R703 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Great Women in the Sport of Kings - America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories (Hardcover, 1st ed): Scooter Toby... Great Women in the Sport of Kings - America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Scooter Toby Davidson
R622 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although it has only been thirty years since the first female jockey rode onto the then male-only turf of thoroughbred horse racing, they have since made their mark on the racetrack and in the winner's circle. Great Women in the Sport of Kings, the first book to consider the phenomenon of female jockeys, takes an in-depth look at their lives.

Through the oral histories of ten top female jockeys, the authors offer intimate portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top of thoroughbred horse racing. In her Introduction, women's sports historian Mary Jo Festle explores the larger issues of women in sport, sexism in horse racing, the struggles female jockeys face, and the significance of their success.

They're Off! Horse Racing Saratoga - Horse Racing at Saratoga (Hardcover): Edward Hotaling They're Off! Horse Racing Saratoga - Horse Racing at Saratoga (Hardcover)
Edward Hotaling
R942 R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Save R204 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Here, for the first time, is the story of how America's first national resort gave birth to, then nurtured, its first national sport, introducing the country to a parade of champions and their spectacular supporting characters. To experience this adventure is to see why the Saratoga Race Course, America's oldest major sports facility remains one of its most beloved and most successful. They're Off! is as much a social history as it is sports history. Edward Hotaling opens with a little-known visit by the first famous tourist, George Washington, who tried to buy the place he called "the Saratoga Springs". Soon the pursuit of happiness at our original vacationland helped redefine America. Even at the height of the Civil War, the country's first organized sport was launched on a national scale.

Picking Winners (Paperback, New edition): Andrew Beyer Picking Winners (Paperback, New edition)
Andrew Beyer
R347 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Just as football evolved with the introduction of the forward pass and basketball with the development of the jump shot, so too was handicapping forever changed by the use of speed figures--and it all started with Andrew Beyer's Picking Winners. This edition features a new foreword in which the author discusses the changes that have swept the sport since the book's original publication. Picking Winners remains a classic in the field of thoroughbred racing.


Battleship - A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse (Paperback): Dorothy Ours Battleship - A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse (Paperback)
Dorothy Ours
R329 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The moving story of a tough little horse, a gifted boy, and a woman ahead of her time.
The youngest jockey, the smallest horse, and an unconventional heiress who disliked publicizing herself. Together, near Liverpool, England, they made a leap of faith on a spring day in 1938: overriding the jockey's father, trusting the boy and the horse that the British nicknamed "the American pony" to handle a race course that newspapers called Suicide Lane. There, Battleship might become the first American racer to win England's monumental, century-old Grand National steeplechase. His rider, Great Britain's Bruce Hobbs, was only seventeen years old.
Hobbs started life with an advantage: his father, Reginald, was a superb professional horseman. But Reg Hobbs also made extreme demands, putting Bruce in situations that horrified the boy's mother and sometimes terrified the child. Bruce had to decide just how brave he could stand to be.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the enigmatic Marion duPont grew up at the estate now known as James Madison's Montpelier--the refuge of America's "Father of the Constitution." Rejecting her chance to be a debutante, denied a corporate role because of her gender, Marion chose a pursuit where horses spoke for her. Taking on the world's toughest race, she would leave her film-star husband, Randolph Scott, a continent away and be pulled beyond her own control. With its reach from Lindbergh's transatlantic flight to Cary Grant's Hollywood, "Battleship" is an epic tale of personal drive to test one's own true worth.

Newmarket - A Year at the Home of Horseracing (Hardcover): John Carter Newmarket - A Year at the Home of Horseracing (Hardcover)
John Carter
R581 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R97 (17%) In stock

Author John Carter interviewed and shadowed 14 racing personalities throughout 2007 at Newmarket, the home and headquarters of British horseracing, in a book supported by the racecourse. His subjects ranged across the racing world, from top jockey Frankie Dettori, who has also written the foreword, in a year he won his first Derby, on the Newmarket trained Authorized, to top female jockey Hayley Turner; from leading trainer Jeremy Noseda, to the clerk of the Newmarket courses Michael Prosser to its former managing director Lisa Hancock, who left to spend more time with her young family. John also talked to other members of the racing community such as bloodstock agent Tom Goff and museum curator Graham Snelling; stable girl Danni Deverson and owner Jan Harris. The book gives a fascinating glimpse into the often secret world of horseracing. One of the subjects, star photographer Trevor Jones, also supplied the photographs which are featured throughout the book.

Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack (Paperback): Kimberly Gatto Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack (Paperback)
Kimberly Gatto
R402 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the late eighteenth century, in the bustling city streets of Louisville, began a tradition of thoroughbred racing that has transcended centuries. Follow Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world's most famous racing venue, which revolutionized the "Sport of Kings" and created the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap races. Fans will enjoy the tales of various horses, from the early triumph of Ten Broeck over Mollie McCarthy to the Derby victory of the heroic Barbaro. Churchill Downs: America's Most Historic Racetrack recounts how various financial hardships, the introduction of parimutuel wagering, the construction of the famed twin spires and the age of television transformed Churchill Downs into the majestic track we recognize today.

I'm Champion, Call Me Bob 2018 - My Story (Paperback): Bob Champion I'm Champion, Call Me Bob 2018 - My Story (Paperback)
Bob Champion 1
R353 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Kieren Fallon 1
R534 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R170 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Spectacular Bid - The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century (Hardcover): Peter Lee Spectacular Bid - The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
Peter Lee
R606 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A safety pin was all that kept Spectacular Bid from becoming the eleventh Thoroughbred to take the Triple Crown. This work examines Spectacular Bid from his humble beginnings -- he was born in a mud puddle on a horse farm in Versailles, Kentucky -- to his recognition as one of the greatest American racehorses. On the morning of the 1979 Belmont Stakes, Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin in his stall, injuring his foot. He had impressively won the first two races -- the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness -- but finished third in the Belmont, most likely due to his injury, making him one win shy of becoming the sport's third straight Triple Crown champion. But that loss did not prevent him from becoming one of horse racing's greatest competitors. After taking two months to recover, the battleship gray colt would go on to win 26 of 30 races during his career, with two second-place finishes and one third. He was voted the tenth greatest Thoroughbred of the twentieth century according to Blood-Horse magazine, and A Century of Champions places him ninth in the world and third among North American horses -- even ahead of the renowned Man o' War. This horse biography tells the story of the honest and not-so-glamorous colorful characters surrounding the champion -- including Bud Delp, the brash and cocky trainer who was distrustful of the Kentucky establishment, and Ron Franklin, the nineteen-year-old jockey who buckled under the stress and pressure associated with fame -- and how they witnessed firsthand the splendor and triumphs of Spectacular Bid. Including contemporary newspaper accounts of Bid's exploits and interviews with key players in his story, this is an encompassing look into the legacy of one of horse racing's true champions.

Form - My Autobiography (Paperback): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Kieren Fallon 1
R239 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R70 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Celebrating a Century of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - The History of Europe's Greatest Horse Race (Hardcover):... Celebrating a Century of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - The History of Europe's Greatest Horse Race (Hardcover)
Malcolm Pannett 1
R665 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R187 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Celebrating a Century of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe charts the history of Europe's - and arguably the world's - greatest horse race. Established in 1920 and staged in Paris on the Bois de Boulogne, the Arc is a truly international contest attracting runners from England, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Germany and the USA. This illustrated race-by-race account traces the exploits of many all-time racing legends. From Ribot, Sea Bird, Allez France and Mill Reef, to Dancing Brave, Sea The Stars, Treve and Enable. It's also a who's who of the turf starring the Rothschild, Aga Khan, Wildenstein, Wertheimer and Head families, as well as Marcel Boussac, Vincent O'Brien, Lester Piggott and Yves Saint-Martin. The modern era features luminaries such as Andre Fabre, Coolmore, Godolphin, John Gosden, Frankie Dettori and Khalid Abdullah. You'll discover which champion hurdler won the title, which horse came back from stud to recapture his crown and which jockey ended up in prison as a result of his win.

Remarkable Racecourses (Hardcover): Tom Peacock Remarkable Racecourses (Hardcover)
Tom Peacock 1
R708 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R177 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime - Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865--1913 (Hardcover):... The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime - Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865--1913 (Hardcover)
Steven A. Riess
R934 R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Save R204 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thoroughbred racing was one of the first major sports in early America. Horse racing thrived because it was a high-status sport that attracted the interest of both old and new money. It grew because spectators enjoyed the pageantry, the exciting races, and, most of all, the gambling. As the sport became a national industry, the New York metropolitan area, along with the resort towns of Saratoga Springs (New York) and Long Branch (New Jersey), remained at the center of horse racing with the most outstanding race courses, the largest purses, and the finest thoroughbreds. Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport's survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Gambling, the heart of racing's appeal, made the sport morally suspect. Yet democratic politicians protected the sport, helping to establish the State Racing Commission, the first state agency to regulate sport in the United States. At the same time, racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing's heyday.

Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (Paperback): Edwin, Jr. Ockerman Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (Paperback)
Edwin, Jr. Ockerman
R439 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Unbreakable (Paperback): Richard Askwith Unbreakable (Paperback)
Richard Askwith 1
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Discover a story that defies belief: National Velvet meets Downton Abbey with a splash of The Leopard. * LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR * Czechoslovakia, October 1937. Vast crowds have gathered to watch the Grand Pardubice steeplechase, Europe's most blood-curdling sporting test of manhood. With war looming, the race has a brutal political significance. The Nazis have sent the SS's all-conquering paramilitary horsemen to crush - yet again - the 'subhuman Slavs'. But Lata Brandisova, a silver-haired countess on a little golden mare, has other ideas... 'Heart-stopping reading' Clover Stroud, Daily Telegraph

Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing (Paperback): Joyce Kay, Professor Wray Vamplew Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing (Paperback)
Joyce Kay, Professor Wray Vamplew
R1,323 Discovery Miles 13 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing offers an innovative approach to one of Britain's oldest sports. While it considers the traditional themes of gambling and breeding, and contains biographies of human personalities and equine stars, it also devotes significant space to neglected areas. Entries include:

  • social, economic and political forces that have influenced racing
  • controversial historical and current issues
  • legal and illegal gambling, and racing finance
  • the British impact on world horseracing
  • history and heritage of horseracing
  • links between horse racing and the arts, media and technology
  • human and equine biographies
  • venues associated with racing
  • horseracing websites


The Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing provides a unique source of information and will be of great interest to sports historians as well as all those whose work or leisure brings them into the world of racing.

Racing In Australia Guide to Season 2018/19 (Paperback): Danny Power Racing In Australia Guide to Season 2018/19 (Paperback)
Danny Power
R978 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R300 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Rough Magic - Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race (Paperback): Lara Prior-Palmer Rough Magic - Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race (Paperback)
Lara Prior-Palmer
R346 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Blood Horses (Paperback): John Jeremiah Sullivan Blood Horses (Paperback)
John Jeremiah Sullivan
R261 R93 Discovery Miles 930 Save R168 (64%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. 'I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?' John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really, but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby. The result is Blood Horses, a wise, humorous and often beautiful memoir exploring the relationship between man and horse and the relationship between a sportswriter's son and his late father.

Lord Derby and His Horses - A Tory Grandee and the Turf (Hardcover): Quintin Barry Lord Derby and His Horses - A Tory Grandee and the Turf (Hardcover)
Quintin Barry
R671 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R147 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Earl of Derby frequently said that he had had two ambitions - to be Prime Minister, and to own the winner of the Derby. His political power derived from his home county, in which he was so preeminent that he was known, not unreasonably, as the 'King of Lancashire.' The revival of the family stable and stud began when his father became the sixteenth earl. It started with Canterbury Pilgrim, the yearling filly that the then Lord Stanley bought for his father to win the Oaks of 1896. His long relationship with George Lambton, whom he chose to train their horses, saw many other early successes, such as those of the mighty Swynford, and Phalaris, whose influence as a stallion was so great that John Randall and Tony Morris named him the 'Sire of the Century.' After the end of the War Lord Derby, who following a stint as Secretary of State for War had been appointed as Ambassador in Paris, laid the foundations for his successful stable and stud in France. Meanwhile in Britain he came close to achieving his ambition to win the Derby on three occasions, before doing so with Sansovino in 1924. Many other great horses bore his familiar colours of black with a white cap, but the greatest and most influential of all his horses, who was to give him a second Derby in 1933, was Hyperion. At stud he was phenomenally successful, and his influence ever since is to be seen in the pedigrees of very many great horses. Lord Derby's success as the greatest owner-breeder of the twentieth century was founded both on the mares that he bought, and those that he bred, for the Stanley House Stud. His gift for picking the right man for a job was nowhere more evident than his choice of Walter Alston as stud manager. During the Second World War more Classic successes followed including another Derby with Watling Street. Astonishingly, the horses he owned in France continued to race during the war, very successfully, in the name of his racing manager. Lord Derby died in 1948, and so did not live to witness the triumph of the last of the truly great horses that he bred. Named Alycidon he was to prove the finest stayer of his generation. Finally, by way of epilogue, the book records the remarkable twist of fate by which Lord Derby's great grandson, more than half a century later, was to breed Ouija Board a filly that stood comparison with any of her forebears, and who traced her descent directly from Canterbury Pilgrim. She was the most successful British racemare of all time in terms of prize money won. The book is based on extensive research into the huge archive of racing correspondence of the seventeenth earl at Knowsley, covering all aspects of his racing and breeding activities. Nominated for the Dr Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book published in 2012 on Thoroughbred racing. Nominated for the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

The Kentucky Derby - 101 Reasons to Love America's Favorite Horse Race (Hardcover): Sheri Seggerman The Kentucky Derby - 101 Reasons to Love America's Favorite Horse Race (Hardcover)
Sheri Seggerman; Created by Mary Tiegreen
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Long shots and closers. Secretariat, War Admiral, Citation, and Seattle Slew. The astonishing ride of Mine That Bird. The lovable spirit of Smarty Jones. Trainers and owners. A sea of spectacular hats. A classic mint julep in a silver cup. The break from the gate. Photo finishes. Holding the winning ticket. These are only a few of the things that make the Kentucky Derby the most exciting two minutes in sports.
"The Kentucky Derby" offers a compendium of the legendary horses and rich history, the personalities, and the real-life experience of Derby Day from the backstretch to the winner's circle. With colorful anecdotes and striking photography, Sheri Seggerman and Mary Tiegreen have captured the rivalries, fanfare, and unpredictability that give the Run for the Roses its allure. The third title in a series that celebrates the nation's most iconic sporting events, "The Kentucky Derby" captures the pageantry and the passion of this great American race.

Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback): Gemma Hogg Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback)
Gemma Hogg 1
R215 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R37 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'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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