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Racing Post Guide to the Flat 2018 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Guide to the Flat 2018 (Paperback)
David Dew
R365 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R77 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 2018 (Paperback): Richard Lowther Horses in Training 2018 (Paperback)
Richard Lowther
R562 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R127 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2018 (Paperback): Nick Pulford Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2018 (Paperback)
Nick Pulford
R367 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime - Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865--1913 (Hardcover):... The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime - Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865--1913 (Hardcover)
Steven A. Riess
R1,076 R836 Discovery Miles 8 360 Save R240 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thoroughbred racing was one of the first major sports in early America. Horse racing thrived because it was a high-status sport that attracted the interest of both old and new money. It grew because spectators enjoyed the pageantry, the exciting races, and, most of all, the gambling. As the sport became a national industry, the New York metropolitan area, along with the resort towns of Saratoga Springs (New York) and Long Branch (New Jersey), remained at the center of horse racing with the most outstanding race courses, the largest purses, and the finest thoroughbreds. Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport's survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Gambling, the heart of racing's appeal, made the sport morally suspect. Yet democratic politicians protected the sport, helping to establish the State Racing Commission, the first state agency to regulate sport in the United States. At the same time, racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing's heyday.

Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (Paperback): Edwin, Jr. Ockerman Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (Paperback)
Edwin, Jr. Ockerman
R506 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rough Magic - Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race (Paperback): Lara Prior-Palmer Rough Magic - Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race (Paperback)
Lara Prior-Palmer
R398 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Racing Post Guide to the Jumps 2019-2020 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Guide to the Jumps 2019-2020 (Paperback)
David Dew
R367 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

100 Winners: Jumpers to Follow 2019-2020 (Paperback): James Norris 100 Winners: Jumpers to Follow 2019-2020 (Paperback)
James Norris
R162 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R31 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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

Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing (Paperback): Joyce Kay, Professor Wray Vamplew Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing (Paperback)
Joyce Kay, Professor Wray Vamplew
R1,341 Discovery Miles 13 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing offers an innovative approach to one of Britain's oldest sports. While it considers the traditional themes of gambling and breeding, and contains biographies of human personalities and equine stars, it also devotes significant space to neglected areas. Entries include:

  • social, economic and political forces that have influenced racing
  • controversial historical and current issues
  • legal and illegal gambling, and racing finance
  • the British impact on world horseracing
  • history and heritage of horseracing
  • links between horse racing and the arts, media and technology
  • human and equine biographies
  • venues associated with racing
  • horseracing websites


The Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing provides a unique source of information and will be of great interest to sports historians as well as all those whose work or leisure brings them into the world of racing.

Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2020 (Paperback): Nick Pulford Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2020 (Paperback)
Nick Pulford
R366 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ultimate betting companion in the build-up to the 2020 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. Including: Race-by-race guide, with in-depth assessment of the main contenders in every championship race by Racing Post tipping expert Paul Kealy Key trends for all the established races The Irish challengers 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

Racing In Australia Guide to Season 2018/19 (Paperback): Danny Power Racing In Australia Guide to Season 2018/19 (Paperback)
Danny Power
R1,046 R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Save R360 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Value Seeker - The Betting System (Paperback): Anthony Gibson Value Seeker - The Betting System (Paperback)
Anthony Gibson
R221 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Blood Horses (Paperback): John Jeremiah Sullivan Blood Horses (Paperback)
John Jeremiah Sullivan
R279 R95 Discovery Miles 950 Save R184 (66%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. 'I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?' John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really, but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby. The result is Blood Horses, a wise, humorous and often beautiful memoir exploring the relationship between man and horse and the relationship between a sportswriter's son and his late father.

Lord Derby and His Horses - A Tory Grandee and the Turf (Hardcover): Quintin Barry Lord Derby and His Horses - A Tory Grandee and the Turf (Hardcover)
Quintin Barry
R718 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R185 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Earl of Derby frequently said that he had had two ambitions - to be Prime Minister, and to own the winner of the Derby. His political power derived from his home county, in which he was so preeminent that he was known, not unreasonably, as the 'King of Lancashire.' The revival of the family stable and stud began when his father became the sixteenth earl. It started with Canterbury Pilgrim, the yearling filly that the then Lord Stanley bought for his father to win the Oaks of 1896. His long relationship with George Lambton, whom he chose to train their horses, saw many other early successes, such as those of the mighty Swynford, and Phalaris, whose influence as a stallion was so great that John Randall and Tony Morris named him the 'Sire of the Century.' After the end of the War Lord Derby, who following a stint as Secretary of State for War had been appointed as Ambassador in Paris, laid the foundations for his successful stable and stud in France. Meanwhile in Britain he came close to achieving his ambition to win the Derby on three occasions, before doing so with Sansovino in 1924. Many other great horses bore his familiar colours of black with a white cap, but the greatest and most influential of all his horses, who was to give him a second Derby in 1933, was Hyperion. At stud he was phenomenally successful, and his influence ever since is to be seen in the pedigrees of very many great horses. Lord Derby's success as the greatest owner-breeder of the twentieth century was founded both on the mares that he bought, and those that he bred, for the Stanley House Stud. His gift for picking the right man for a job was nowhere more evident than his choice of Walter Alston as stud manager. During the Second World War more Classic successes followed including another Derby with Watling Street. Astonishingly, the horses he owned in France continued to race during the war, very successfully, in the name of his racing manager. Lord Derby died in 1948, and so did not live to witness the triumph of the last of the truly great horses that he bred. Named Alycidon he was to prove the finest stayer of his generation. Finally, by way of epilogue, the book records the remarkable twist of fate by which Lord Derby's great grandson, more than half a century later, was to breed Ouija Board a filly that stood comparison with any of her forebears, and who traced her descent directly from Canterbury Pilgrim. She was the most successful British racemare of all time in terms of prize money won. The book is based on extensive research into the huge archive of racing correspondence of the seventeenth earl at Knowsley, covering all aspects of his racing and breeding activities. Nominated for the Dr Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book published in 2012 on Thoroughbred racing. Nominated for the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

Best There Ever Was - Dan Patch and the Dawn of the American Century (Hardcover): Sharon B. Smith Best There Ever Was - Dan Patch and the Dawn of the American Century (Hardcover)
Sharon B. Smith
R651 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R63 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

His winning percentage was well above Jordan's shooting average or Woods's domination of golf tournaments. And he sold products and drew spectators like no one had ever done. He was hands-down the most famous athlete in America's most popular spectator sport, and exactly one hundred years ago you would have been hard pressed to find anybody in the country who didn't know his name. He was Dan Patch, and he was a racehorse.

At the turn of the last century, harness racing drew larger crowds and offered bigger paychecks than any other sport. Its stars were household names, and Dan Patch was both the most celebrated and the richest. As successful as he was on the track, Dan Patch was also America's first "marketing machine" the horse who could sell cigars, washing machines, stoves, automobiles, and animal feed, just by the presence of his name and photograph. "The Best There Ever Was" examines the evolution of sports marketing through the lives of Dan Patch and the three men who owned him: an Indiana breeder, Dan Messner; M. E. Sturgis, who sold the horse for $20,000 (a fortune in those days) and spent the rest of his life trying to buy him back; and Marion W. Savage of Minneapolis, whose entrepreneurial skills presaged today's sports marketing geniuses.

Any athlete who can draw a 90,000-person crowd, offer up world records, and then sell a coal stove with his name on it may well be the best by anybody's standards. A fun and fascinating read for sports lovers.

Henderson's Heroes - The Story of an Unbelievable Season (Hardcover): Andrew Pennington Henderson's Heroes - The Story of an Unbelievable Season (Hardcover)
Andrew Pennington 1
R593 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R127 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback): Gemma Hogg Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback)
Gemma Hogg 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.

Racing Post Wall Calendar 2020 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Wall Calendar 2020 (Paperback)
David Dew 1
R282 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Highly popular square-format wall calendar featuring stunning racing photographs. It features one month to view, and includes every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather - colour coded for ease of use. Every month is illustrated with a superb colour photograph by the Racing Post's award-winning photographers.

Racing Post Desk Calendar 2020 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Desk Calendar 2020 (Paperback)
David Dew 1
R277 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R52 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Popular tent-folded, wiro-bound desk calendar featuring one month to view with every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather. Also includes principal race and bloodstock sales dates. Every month is illustrated with a superb colour photograph the Racing Post's award-winning photographer Edward Whitaker.

Tiger Roll - The Little Legend (Hardcover): Andrew Pennington Tiger Roll - The Little Legend (Hardcover)
Andrew Pennington 1
R586 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R110 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Once a year the public fix their gaze and risk pounds or pence on a race that better than any other reminds us of the grace and courage of the jumps racehorse. The racehorse could have no finer ambassador than Tiger Roll. There is not much of him but he makes every bit count, just as Red Rum did. He was an icon of the turf. So is Tiger Roll. He is this generation's Red Rum and now merits being ranked among the all-time greats of the sport. A horse who wins two Grand Nationals and four times at the Cheltenham Festival deserves nothing less. Horseracing's best writers tell the Tiger Roll tale, a story of overachievement, a story of exceeding expectations, a story of a little legend.

Racing Post Wall Calendar 2019 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Wall Calendar 2019 (Paperback)
David Dew 1
R282 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R89 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Cheltenham World of Jump Racing (Hardcover): Mick Fitzgerald Cheltenham World of Jump Racing (Hardcover)
Mick Fitzgerald 1
R759 R589 Discovery Miles 5 890 Save R170 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jump racing rouses very strong passion and emotions amongst its many thousands of followers. Two names have been synonymous with that passion, the former leading jockey Mick Fitzgerald and Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the Festival in March. This large-format, spectacularly illustrated celebration of jump racing in all its moods - its equine and human heroes, its greatest races, its wonderful variety of racecourses, its most memorable moments many of them at Cheltenham and the magnetic characters both human and equine will be documented in Fizgerald's own inimitable and forthright way. "Racing Post" will call on its massive library of award-winning images to conjure up the magic that is Jump racing. Mick Fitzgerald's best-selling autobiography, "Better Than Sex" (ISBN 978-1-905156-56-6), was published in 2008.

Stable Lass - Riding Out and Mucking In - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Hardcover): Gemma Hogg Stable Lass - Riding Out and Mucking In - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Hardcover)
Gemma Hogg 1
R492 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R102 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.

Making the Running - A Racing Life (Paperback, 1st ed.): Ian Balding Making the Running - A Racing Life (Paperback, 1st ed.)
Ian Balding 2
R308 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R42 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The image of the Derby winner with his leg in plaster was broadcast around the world. Alongside Mill Reef stood a baby-faced man who had won the Arc, the King George, the Eclipse, and now the Derby. He trained for the Queen and Queen Mother, and Lester Piggott, Willie Carson and Frankie Dettori all rode for him, but where had he come from and how had he got there? Ian Balding's story is one of heartbreaking loss and outrageous good luck. He left Cambridge without a degree but with a rugby blue, and became one of the outstanding amateur sportsmen of his generation. Balding's burgeoning talent was quickly noticed and he was soon running Peter Hastings-Bass' stables at Kingsclere. Ian had no money and no experience of running a business, but he learnt fast. In Making the Running, Ian Balding reveals the pressure of maintaining the pace and shares the highs and lows of the sport of kings.

The Scudamores - Three of a Kind (Paperback): Chris Cook The Scudamores - Three of a Kind (Paperback)
Chris Cook 1
R314 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"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.

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