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From the excellent Haynes Guides stable, whether you be a punter or admire the athleticism of the horse, this excellent guide covers types of racing on the flat, jump racing and all weather racing, materials used in all-weather tracks, Arabian racing, quarter horse racing before looking in detail at distinct breeds known as the Thoroughbred which can be traced back to the turn of the 18th century in Britain. Everything changed with the arrival of horses from the regions of Syria and Yemen which were first brought back as presents for nobility. Read about the diminutive Canadian-bred horse the Northern Dancer who won both the prestigious Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1964 and who must be considered just as important to the whole Flat Racing Thoroughbred as the Arabian founding fathers. In a double page beautiful photograph every part of the horse is labelled so that we understand its physique and facts, colours, prominent markings on his head, drug testing, performance issues, injuries and then a wonderful round-up of famous horses from the Irish chaser Arkle considered the greatest Jumps horse of all time, Seabiscuit, Red Rum with three Grand National wins in 1973,74 and 77, Frankel, Sprinter Sacre and Phar Lap. Learn about stables, the trainer, teaching a horse to race, daily regime, the gallops and hearty exercise, feeding, the kit like heads gear and cheek pieces, training aids like the Water Walker, transport. Then we look at becoming a jockey and their kit and training, ownership, the breeding, buying a horse, breaking in and then going racing and choosing from the 1,500 racecourse venues in the UK. Covers the odds, the weighing room, the rules, picking a winner, becoming a bookmaker and all about the betting shop, racing in the rest of the world and all with stats and gorgeous colour photos throughout. Plus a useful jargon buster. Maps. 188 large pages. 8½" x 11".

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