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The ultimate betting companion in the build-up to the 2018 Festival. Packed with invaluable advice from the best writers in the business, this comprehensive guide has everything you need for jump racing's biggest meeting. Includes: Race-by-race guide, with in-depth assessment of the main contenders in every championship race by Racing Post betting editor Paul Kealy Key trends for all the established races The Irish challenge Views from the British training centres What the bookmakers say Tipsters' forum with the views of the Racing Post team on the big questions Plus: Racing Post Ratings, Topspeed, trainers and jockeys to follow, pedigree pointers and analysis of the key trials.
The Value Seeker System searches out the best value bets each day from racing that takes place in Britain, using a copy of the Racing Post and following a strong set of statistics allied with some simple aspects of form. With practice, selections can be found within ten minutes each morning and placed before racing takes place. There is no reason to get emotionally involved betting on live racing as the author believes this is most punters' downfall. Professional punter Anthony Gibson's system has performed extremely well over the last ten years. In an 18-month period up to the end of 2014, his Value Seeker betting system has earned GBP138,000 to GBP100 bets. By following the system you could soon be backing good value winners overlooked by the general betting population.
The 2012-2013 jumps season was memorable in many ways, but the figure who dominated the season was trainer Nicky Henderson. Horses such as triple Champion Hurdle winner See You Then, Remittance Man and Fondmort had already made Henderson one of the legends of jump racing, but in the 2012-2013 season he sent out the winners of big race after big race. The book celebrates these equine stars and the man who sent them out, in words and fabulous pictures. Top of the list is Sprinter Sacre whose superstar status grew ever greater as his glorious season progressed, ensuring that this magnificent horse has been acclaimed as the best steeplechaser since Arkle; the outstanding young chaser Bobs Worth who captured in brilliant style two of the sport's most glittering prizes, the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Long Run underlined his place in jumping history with a hard fought second win in the King George; and Simonsig,the handsome grey novice chaser who went through the season unbeaten, his finest moment coming with victory in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at the Festival.
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.
Racing Post Guide to the Flat includes exclusive, extended trainer interviews, profiles of over 250 horses to run during 2018, specialist selections for horses to follow, dark horses unearthed and set to shine and Topspeed and Racing Post Ratings.
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 princes and princesses they all hope for? 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.
Imagine a Cheltenham Festival preview night where the expertise and experience of the Racing Post's unrivalled team is gathered in one place. Well, here it is in book form - the ultimate betting companion in the build-up to the 2018 Festival. Packed with invaluable advice from the best writers in the business, this comprehensive guide has everything you need for jump racing's biggest meeting.
Racing Post Guide to the Jumps includes exclusive, extended trainer interviews, profiles of over 250 horses to run during 2019-20, specialist selections for horses to follow, dark horses unearthed and set to shine and Topspeed and Racing Post Ratings.
The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse – seabiscuit – that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history as modern America was born out of the crucible of the Depression and the dustbowl, as the twentieth centuries greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds.
In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history just as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks which led to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. Seabiscuit is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West Showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.
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.
The remarkable true story of `Big Red,' one of America's finest racehorses. When her beloved Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father's illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over. Despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge she calls in assistance from trainer Lucien Laurin and a host of successful jockeys. Pitted against the Phipps' racing dynasty, Penny takes the decision to breed her mare Somethingroyal to the Phipps' Bold Ruler, the nation's favourite stallion. With the toss of a coin it is agreed that one family will take Somethingroyal's first foal with the losing stable taking the colt out of Hasty Matelda and Somethingroyal's second foal. Penny loses the toss, but the wait for the unborn foal proves fortuitous when a bright red chestnut colt is born, Secretariat. Nicknamed "Big Red," with Laurin's guidance, Penny manages to navigate the male-dominated business of horse racing, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. Now, more than 30 years after its initial publication, the story of "Big Red" continues to be a classic. Secretariat is the tale of a great racehorse but also a testimony to the dedication of Penny Chenery. Following her triumph with Secretariat she was elected as the first female member of The Jockey Club, changing the face of American horse racing forever.
Now in its 58th year, this popular guide to Jumps racing summarises the prospects of 100 steeplechasers and hurdlers who Raceform's expert race-readers expect to do particularly well in the coming 2019-2020 season. The 2018-2019 edition pinpointed 18 Grade 1 winners including: Al Boum Photo - Cheltenham Gold Cup. Altior - Tingle Creek Chase, Clarence House Chase, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Celebration Chase. Apple's Jade - Hatton's Grace Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle, Irish Champion Hurdle. Buveur D'Air - Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Delta Work - Drinmore Chase, Neville Hotels Novices' Chase. Duc Des Genievres - Racing Post Arkle Chase. If The Cap Fits - Ryanair Stayers' Hurdle. Kalashnikov - Manifesto Novices' Chase. Road To Respect - JWine.com Champion Chase. Supasundae - Aintree Hurdle. Topofthegame - RSA Novices' Chase. Big Priced winners chosen included: William Henry - 28/1, Al Boum Photo 12/1, Supasundae 15/2, Sharp Response and If The Cap Fits 7/1
"A treasure trove of anecdotes and reflections that will give joy both to racegoers and future historians of the sport". The Spectator Join the Scudamores as one of the most successful families in British sport settles down for a good, long chat about triumph and disaster at the races. Listen in as three generations of high-flying jump jockeys engage in a full and frank discussion about the great horses they rode, the brave men and women they rode against, the shocking injuries they suffered and why such a dangerous job was the only one they ever wanted. Strikingly different in character and in riding style, the Scudamore jockeys are alike in their ability to spin a good yarn and to shed light on the game that has so gripped them.
Extraordinary but true stories from over 150 years of racing. This hilarious, sideways look at horse racing vividly recounts many of the strangest moments and oddest incidents from over 150 years of the sport's history. Andrew Ward recalls the time when spectators mounted two fallen horses and rode them to second and third places; the race which had to be re-run because the judge wasn't in his box at the finish; the ultrasonic binoculars that allegedly stunned a horse and unseated a jockey at Ascot, and many more. A totally original, offbeat collection of extraordinary but true stories, Horse-Racing's Strangest Races will be a delight to all lovers of the turf. Word count: 60,000
Now in its 57th year, this popular guide to Jumps racing summarises the prospects of 100 steeplechasers and hurdlers who Raceform's expert race-readers expect to do particularly well in the coming 2018-2019 season. The 2017-2018 edition pinpointed 115 winners from 401 runners (28% strike-rate). Including Cheltenham festival winners Buveur D'Air, Benie Des Dieux, Altior, Penhill and Samcro. There were 24 Grade 1 winners and multiple winners like Benie Des Dieux, Buveur D'Air, Politologue, Samcro, Apple's Jade, Chef Des Obeaux, Death Duty, Finian's Oscar, Getabird, If The Cap Fits, Might Bite, Testify and Top Notch. Plus, big priced winners inlcuding Laws Of Spin and Lalor.
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.
One of racing's best loved families, opens up about life in the sport. Michael Scudamore, the patriarch of a racing dynasty, rode in 16 consecutive Grand Nationals including the 1957 renewal, which he famously won on Oxo. Peter Scudamore was a record-breaking eight-time Champion Jockey and now assists his partner Lucinda Russell, with whom they trained 2017 Grand National winner, One For Arthur. Tales from the saddle in the 50s and 60s from Michael make remarkable reading especially interspersed with those from the 80s and 90s from Peter. Tom Scudamore, one of the current leading jockey's, brings experience of riding today and together with stories from his father and grandfather, a fascinating new light is shed on the National Hunt game. This was a unique undertaking involving a unique family and will be a joy to read for every jumps racing fan.
Taking My Time tells both the tall tale of George Baker's life as a jockey, and the story of a second life emerging from the aftermath of his horror fall on the White Turf at St Moritz in 2017. As a rider, George scaled the highest of highs in the saddle with St Leger victory aboard Harbour Law cementing his place among the sport's elite, despite having the body of a man surely destined for another occupation. Tortuous battles with the scales were ultimately won, popularity among peers and punters was assured and life was good and getting better. Until the terrible accident which left him with serious head injuries forced him to restart; he had to live again. He was the same person but different. New obstacles had to be cleared and trauma both physical and mental needed to be met and overcome. The story is told with the wit and wisdom that has come to characterise George Baker, and his wife Nicola recounts, with humour and humility, the toll taken on the those closest to him and the perilous nature of life at his side.
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
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.
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