Winner of Horse Racing Book of the Year in the 2015 Cross British Sports Book Awards.
Cheltenham et Al offers a generous collection of his very best columns, providing the Down angle on the great horses, jockeys and trainers; the famous races which remain indelibly in the sport’s collective memory; the controversies; the laughs – in short, the highs and the lows of racing.
By turns moving, uplifting and laugh-out-loud funny, this book provides ample proof of one racing certainty: that no one catches the spirit of racing as Alastair Down does.
Down on the Cheltenham Festival: ‘To go there
and stand witness to extraordinary events is a rare and wonderful act of being
at one with your fellow clutterers of the planet .’
favourite racehorse: ‘I’ll still
thump anyone who doesn’t appreciate that Rondetto was the greatest chaser of
after an over-indulgent day at Longchamp: ‘I just wish
to be left alone with my thoughts and sincere hopes that my liver, which I
mailed home by separate refrigerated container, will arrive soon.’
last race: ‘There were
tears speckling the cheers, because there is something almost inexplicably
humbling about being in the presence of greatness of this magnitude.’
Review"Alastair's passion for racing oozes from every page. A delightful read that reinforces what a wonderful sport this is." John Inverdale