Robin Oakley    Book Number: 85773    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'Reflections From A Life in Horse Racing', political journalist Robin Oakley has been a lifelong devotee of horse racing hurrying off to the track whenever the day job left him free to do so. In his many years writing about the turf for publications including the Spectator and Financial Times, he has enjoyed privileged access to the trainers, jockeys and other characters at the heart of the British racing scene. This collection of highly personal writings celebrates those characters and their achievements, races that have exhilarated him and horses that have captured his imagination and admiration. He shares thoughts on women riders, what makes a Grand National type, and how jump jockeys cope with pain. He chronicles the ups and downs of a gambler's life, rolling pennies at church fêtes, to a night out at a dodgy dog track on Merseyside. Here are Epsom days, Cheltenham with Martin Pipe and Nicky Henderson, Kempton Park and glorious Goodwood, Ascot and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster, Sandown, Newmarket and Brighton, thoughts on why you shouldn't marry a jockey, plus racing abroad. 30 photos, 340pp.
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ISBN 9781906850661
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