From King Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth II, via
the introduction of the Classics, a duel at Ascot,
the first steeplechase, a Derby Day fraud, a huge
Cambridgeshire gamble, the desolation of Fred Archer,
a thousand-mile walk around Newmarket Heath,
the greatness of Ormonde and Sceptre, Man o’ War’s
record-breaking runs, National Velvet and Emily
Davison, to the brilliance of Lester Piggott, Tony
McCoy and Frankel, Peter May has selected over one
hundred days that encapsulate five hundred years of the
Sport of Kings.
His short, informative, easy-to-read essays bring
to life racing’s milestone events that set the nation
on a different path, such as the 1913 Derby, and the
sacrifices horseracing made to support the British
military campaigns overseas. A host of anecdotes tell
of the exploits of the racing fraternity and cast light
on the psyche of those who were prepared to take on
bets which, at today’s rates, would stretch into millions.
Sure to rekindle fond, and maybe distant, memories of
the races and horses that once dominated the sporting
section of the daily newspapers.
Further InformationISBN: 9781913159351
Author: Peter May