Eclipse: The Horse That Changed Racing History Foreverby Nicholas Clee
His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London
A chestnut with a white blaze is scorching across the turf towards the finishing post.
His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel.
While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants include Secretariat, Barbaro, and all but three of the Kentucky Derby winners of the past fifty years.
"The story of [Eclipse] is a compelling one; It's entertaining to read about, too. Clee's research yielded no shortage of juicy tidbits about prostitutes, gamblers, and minor and major royalty, tidbits that Clee conveys in an accessible biographical narrative that, while clearly scholarly, never feels academic . . . The book is as much a social history as it is a sporting one: Clee vividly describes life in 18th century London."
- The Overlook Press
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Meet the Author
Nicholas Clee is a journalist and racing enthusiast. He is also the author of a cookbook, Don't Sweat the Aubergine. He writes a weekly column in the Times and reviews in the Times Literary Supplement.
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