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When you think of Mick Fitzgerald, you might think of his masterful ride on Rough Quest to win the 1996 Grand National, or his interview with Des Lynam live on BBC afterwards: 'After that, Des, even sex is an anti-climax'. You might think of his victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Chase, the Triumph Hurdle or the Hennessy Gold Cup because, as one of the most accomplished jump jockeys ever to throw his leg over a saddle, Fitzgerald has just about done it all.In "Better Than Sex", Fitzgerald tells his story with a candidness that is both rare and refreshing. He provides a unique insight into life as a jockey, the struggles, the temptations, the victories, the celebrations. He tells openly of his failed marriage, of riding for the Queen, and about how the racing game has changed irrevocably during the 19 years since he crossed the Irish Sea.
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.
Twenty years after the first of the 13 Elliott's Golf Form annuals was published Keith Elliott revisits and develops all the concepts and ideas he then introduced: The Funeral Factor; The Comeback Trail; Mental Let Down; Landmark Birthdays; Inspiration by Comparison; Use of Mental Skills Gurus; Positive Mental Associations; and of course The Nappy Factor. He now also adds new concepts The God Squad and the Gay Factor.
The hugely popular 2019 annual from the Racing Post contains all the best stories of 2018 and a look ahead to 2019. Stunningly illustrated throughout by award-winning photographer Edward Whitaker, this is a must-have for any horse racing fan.
Doped is the gripping true-story racing thriller set in Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s. Combining a potent mix of horse racing, drugs, sex, class, crime, gambling and the monarchy, it tells the true story of one of the biggest doping scandals in British racing history. In March 1962 an audacious attempt to nobble one of the royal horses alerted police to a well organised band of racecourse criminals, backed by murderous London gangsters. The subsequent Flying Squad pursuit of the gang brought the quaintly deferential world of racing into sharp conflict with the harsher realities of the 'You've Never Had It So Good' era. This also coincided with the birth of the annual Dick Francis novel. The cast of characters is headed by William Roper, a debonair ex RAF Sergeant turned oddsmaker. His team included an ex jockey, numerous underpaid stable lads, an upper class gambling addict and a violent professional gangster who went on to face charges with the Kray twins in 1969. But the most fascinating member of Roper's firm was a beautiful and selfpossessed young Swiss woman called Micheline Lugeon who became the bookmaker's lover.
Winner of the 2012 British Sports Book Awards: Horse Racing Book of the Year. Ed Whitaker, the award-winning racing and sports photographer has no equal when it comes to capturing the magic and essence of horse racing. Beyond The Frame is his second collection of images and includes the portfolio which won him Sports Photographer of the Year 2011. Beautifully produced and printed as a landscape full-colour sumptuous book it will appeal to anyone who follows and appreciates the passionate world of horseracing.
In his fourth book on betting and horse racing, Dr David-Lee Priest sets out to arm punters with a sweeping analysis of profitable approaches. "The Betting Edge" covers every aspect of betting successfully in the internet age including strategy, psychology, money management, spread betting, the exchanges, and practical recommendations to help you win money. David-Lee Priest has a wealth of experience in analysing horse performance data and includes working as a racing journalist for a regional newspaper and serving as a horse racing trader for a spread-betting firm. His work in sport psychology has resulted in a string of academic papers, magazine articles, and media interviews including an appearance on the BBC's "Breakfast Show" in 2010.
Horseracing is a serious business, generating GBP 10 billion in annual betting turnover and employing 100,000 people. It can make millionaires and bankrupt others in the flash of a photo-finish. However, since joining the "Daily Telegraph", Grand National-winning jockey Marcus Armytage - with an eye and an ear for the ridiculous - has been lightening up the Sport of Kings in his weekly columns and, latterly in the leading equestrian magazine "Horse & Hound". "Turn me on, Guv" brings together a further collection of hilarious racing anecdotes complemented by cartoons from leading caricaturist Mark Hutchinson.
Following on from his highly successful autobiography "A Bloody Good Winner", Dave Nevison gives a no holds barred account of life on the road, betting on the top racetracks in Britain and the adventures that go with it.This nuts and bolts account of his progress, or otherwise, starts at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival and ends with the final Flat race of the year, the St Leger at Doncaster. His avowed aim is to make a GBP 1 million, and every week there will will be a detailed account of the bets, how they are doing and the emotional highs and lows that go with it.
Welcome to the Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2018, the new 208-page book from the best team in the business and packed with all the information you need to get ready for the five-day summer spectacular. This guide features an in-depth look at all 30 races across the five days, accompanied by a host of tips, betting pointers and analysis to help you find those all-important winners. Along with profiles of the leading horses, we also have the lowdown on the top trainers and jockeys - all with handy tips on how to make money following them at Royal Ascot. The draw, the handicaps, the trends and the international challenge are also considered by the Racing Post's team of experts as they weigh up the factors that make the difference at Flat racing's most prestigious and competitive fixture. We don't forget the social side either, which is more important at Royal Ascot than any other race meeting, as we focus on the fashion trends, the places to see and be seen, and lots of advice on how to make the best of a day at the races. From high society and high fashion to high-octane excitement on the track, Royal Ascot has it all. And the Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2018 is the perfect companion.
Punters have never had it so good. In a world of rapidly progressive technology and ever-changing ways to bet, the days of punting solely in the betting shop and on the racecourse are long gone. Since the invention of Betfair in 2000 and the mass move online, bookmakers have never been closer to their customers. Punters are able to place bets at the click of a button - on the move, from the pub and even in the office - and the gambling industry has boomed because of it. Football has taken over as the market leader but horseracing is still hugely popular, while odds on other popular sports have opened them up to a fresh audience - the punters. But in a world of flickering screens and rifling numbers can come confusion. Whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned bettor, the Racing Post Betting Guide provides a lighter look at betting in the current climate, covering horseracing, football and other major sports such as golf, cricket and tennis. The views of our unparelled team of experts can help shape your thinking. Call on the Racing Post's unrivalled expertise, soak up all the knowledge you can and become a better bettor. Among the chapters to consider are: Ten top tips by Pricewise supremo Tom Segal-Studying the form by tipping judge Paul Kealy-Football accas and in-play by Mark Langdon-Punting at the big festivals by David Jennings-Golf betting and the Majors by Steve Palmer-Betting on the favourites by Richard Birch-Tackling the handicaps by Keith Melrose. Other forms of betting covered are: Betting exchanges, pool betting, multiple bets, ante-post betting, pedigree punting plus betting on NFL, darts, rugby, UFC and cycling plus more!
Regularly described as `the best buy in racing', Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2018 Flat season is essential reading for all racing fans. The book features interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; a racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Ed Quigley and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead.
Horseracing is a serious business, generating GBP 10 billion in annual betting turnover and employing 100,000 people. It can make millionaires and bankrupt others in the flash of a photo-finish. However, in the twelve years since joining the Daily Telegraph, Grand National winning jockey Marcus Armytage - with an eye and an ear for the ridiculous - has been lightening up the Sport of Kings in a once weekly column and, latterly, on a fortnightly basis in Horse&Hound. Hot Cherry brings the best of these hilarious racing anecdotes together under one roof for the first time. Complementing Armytage's articles and bringing racing's colourful characters to life is the renowned Tipperary-based artist and racehorse owner Peter Curling.
Janet Vokes was working behind the bar in her local working men’s club in the small Welsh mining community of Cefn Fforest when she fixed upon the idea of breeding a racehorse. She’d always loved animals and her husband Brian used to have a horse of his own to help pull his cart. After all, why shouldn’t a working-class horse take on the wealthy high-flyers and compete in the ‘sport of kings’?
Her mind set, she bought a mare for £350, paired her up with a pedigree stallion and helped to create a syndicate of twenty-three residents from her village – each paying £10 a week – to raise the resulting foal, Dream Alliance. He may have grown up on an allotment but Dream had immediate star quality, beating all the odds to compete at Ascot, Aintree and even the Cheltenham Festival. But when a terrible injury brings his racing days to a standstill, the syndicate is forced to make a vital decision not just about his career, but his life.
Heart-warming, inspiring and incredibly moving, Dream Horse by Janet Vokes is the extraordinary story of a woman who defied the snobbery of the racing world to breed a champion, and a remarkable horse who brought a community together.
The juvenile, or two-year-old, racing careers of Colin, Man o' War, Ruffian and Landaluce provide the foundation and focus for discussing the question of thoroughbred greatness and its measure. These four thoroughbreds were arguably the best juvenile runners of the twentieth century. Close on their hooves, pun intended, however, were the colts Sysonby and Secretariat and the fillies First Flight, La Prevoyante and Personal Ensign. The latter five runners are honorably mentioned and also compared in the book. As in The Greatest Horse of All: A Controversy Examined, basic statistics are used informally to provide readers a basis for their own studies in thoroughbred data comparison and evaluation. The author realizes that many people avoid mathematical ideas like the plague. Therefore, he has minimized statistical usage to its most common elements, and he explains these thoroughly for the uninitiated as the book progresses. Only two of the ten chapters use statistics to any degree. The text also includes seven figures and two tables to aid in understanding the statistical concepts. If one feels remotely comfortable with eight-grade mathematics concepts, one will have no problem with this material. Relative to the statistical comparisons, two novel concepts are discussed. These pertain to addressing the so-called era effect. Many racing fans continue to argue that horses from different eras cannot justly be compared. A strong case against this argument is presented from at least two standpoints. First, a device is described and suggested to scientifically test and compare the true relative speeds of two racing surfaces. Second, an inverse use of the well-known 't test' for comparing the differences between two or more data sets is presented. The text demonstrates how using this inverse test can equitably adjust earlier era data so that it may be fairly compared with later era data.
The son of a poor butcher, John Gully rose to the height of Victorian respectability, whose death in ripe old age was mourned by all classes from paupers to princes. It's the story of an extraordinarily varied life - a bare knuckle fighter and champion of England, a publican, a hugely successful gambler, bookmaker, racehorse and colliery owner, and finally a Member of Parliament. Set at a time when fortunes were won and lost on the turn of a dice, Gully saw the greed and corruption, the rogues and rascals. Remarkable sporting characters of the age feature, such as William Crockford, the Betting Shark; the chivalrous prize fighter Henry Pearce; the mighty Tom Cribb, bare knuckle champion of the world; and Colonel Mellish, prolific gambler and finest of the Corinthians. Enemies saw Gully as a cunning man, a schemer who corrupted the betting world. To others he was a man with impeccable judgement and integrity, to whom royalty would trust their fortunes. The Stakes Were High is the fascinating story of his life.
Successful jump jockeys come from a variety of backgrounds. Their childhoods and upbringings show vast differences. Some originate from families already connected to horses and racing - they were always going to be riders. Yet others have parents who have no equine connections whatsoever, which presents the question: why did these kids become jockeys and how? In her latest book on racing, best-selling author Henrietta Knight - the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer of the legendary Best Mate - charts the lives of more than 80 jump jockeys in the hope of finding out what inspired them in childhood to take up one of the most dangerous jobs in sport. Among the great and good to be profiled are household names such as Richard Dunwoody, John Francome, Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh, and throughout Starting From Scratch we discover how many of racing's most celebrated individuals opted to take the path they did.
Robin Oakley brings alive the colourful world of those who ride and train jumping horses. With elegant production and gripping images The History of Jump Racing chronicles the social and economic changes which have brought the sport's ups and downs-like the development of sponsorships and syndicate ownership, the near loss of the Grand National, the growing domination of the Cheltenham Festival and the growth of all-weather racing to meet the bookies' demands for betting shop fodder. Pace and colour is provided by stories of the horses who have been taken to the heart of racing crowds, like the Irish-trained hurdler Istabraq and Best Mate, the three-times winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for England. Famous rivalries and memorable races are re-lived and key victories revisited in portraits of and interviews with the owners, jockeys and trainers who have dominated the sport. The emphasis will be largely on the past fifty years-from Arkle to Tony McCoy-but a significant introduction by Edward Gillespie encapsulates the past history of what was previously known as 'National Hunt Racing' and sets the stories in context.
The Scots & The Turf tells the story of the amazing contribution made to the world of Thoroughbred horse racing by the Scots and those of Scottish ancestry, past and present, including 2017's Grand National winner One for Arthur.Throughout the years, this contribution has been across the board, from jockeys to trainers and owners as well as some superb horses. Currently, Scotland has a great ambassador in Mark Johnston, who has resurrected Middleham in North Yorkshire as one of the country's foremost training centres, while his jumping counterpart Alan King, the son of a Lanarkshire farmer, is now based outside Marlborough. The greatest lady owner of jumpers in recent years was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, while Stirling-born Willie Carson was five-times champion jockey on the Flat.These are, of course, familiar names to any racing enthusiast but they represent just a small part of the Scottish connection that has influenced the Sport of Kings down the years. Recognition of the part played by those from north of the Border is long overdue and The Scots & The Turf now sets the record straight with a fascinating account of those who have helped make horse racing into the fabulous spectacle it is today.
Exotic Betting at the Racetrack is unique as it covers the efficient-inefficient strategy to price and find profitable racetrack bets, along with handicapping that provides actual bets made by the author on essentially all of the major wagers offered at US racetracks. The book starts with efficiency, accuracy of the win odds, arbitrage, and optimal betting strategies. Examples and actual bets are shown for various wagers including win, place and show, exacta, quinella, double, trifecta, superfecta, Pick 3, 4 and 6 and rainbow pick 5 and 6. There are discussions of major races including the Breeders' Cup, Pegasus, Dubai World Cup and the US Triple Crown from 2012-2018. Dosage analysis is also described and used. An additional feature concerns great horses such as the great mares Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Goldikova, Treve, Beholder and Song Bird. There is a discussion of horse ownership and a tour through arguably the world's top trainer Frederico Tesio and his stables and horses in Italy.Related Link(s)
Updated paperback edition of the racing book of 2013. For more than four decades the elegant, slightly foppish figure of trainer Henry Cecil had been adulated by racing fans. He handled countless top horses - his 25 English Classics include four Derby winners - and won dozens of big races around the world. But his story is far from a chronicle of unbroken success. A sharp downturn in his racing fortunes in the late 1990s was accompanied by all manner of personal trials, including well publicised marital problems and then cancer, but the dogged manner in which he has climbed back to the top was rewarded in 2011 by the presence in his Newmarket yard of the wonder horse Frankel. Based on extensive research and interviews with those closest to Cecil, it is shot through with Brough Scott's unparalleled inside knowledge of the sport. Winner of the Horse Racing Book of the Year at the 2014 British Sports Book Awards.
This unique puzzle book is a must have for horse racing fans young and old alike. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned professional, these puzzles will challenge and entertain you with hours of fun. Test your racing savvy with games such as Photo Finish, Rivals, Blue Bloods, The Winners Circle, Racing Tips, The Daily Double, The Exacta and Call To Post, just to name a few. There are over forty puzzles in all to test your wit and wisdom about the sport of kings. So saddle up, grab your pencil by the reins and try not to let these games throw you.
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