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A Day at the Races

    A Day at the Races

    The Horses, People and Races that Shaped the Sport of Kings
    ISBN: 9781913159351
    Author: Peter May

    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.