Are you a fan of horse racing? Do the origins of this action-packed sport intrigue you? Would you like to find out more about the horses, riders and trainers involved in the famous races? If so, you are certain to enjoy 101 Interesting Facts on the History of Horse Racing. It's a chronological journey from the earliest days of racing. Read about racing before the days of the thoroughbred; the first recorders of racing; the mystery of the foundation stallions; the origin of grey horses; twins; the early bookmakers and other Turf personalities; the American Godolphin Arabian; the truth behind the origins of the Grand National and who was the real winner of the 1880 Derby. The answers can all be found in this informative new book along with many more fascinating facts about the history of racing. This book is packed with carefully researched, detailed information about all aspects of racing including famous runners, breeders, owners, jockeys and much more, so that you can’t fail to learn something new. This is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in racing.
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About the Author
Although he now lives in Madeley, near Ironbridge, Shropshire, Tony Byles was born and bred in West Drayton, London, growing up in the family home that his grandfather had built on the old West Drayton racecourse (1865-76). His love of the horse started at an early age, his first memory of the Derby being in 1946 when his father won £50 on Airborne. Long before the 1950s golden age of horse racing, he became fascinated with the history of the thoroughbred racehorse, culminating in the penning of his first book, In Search of Running Rein. His favourite racecourse is Newmarket, where he has been a member for a number of years. This is Tony's second published book.