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The great racehorses

Author: Julian Wilson
Publisher: Boston, Mass ; London : Little, Brown and Co, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. ed
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For hundreds of years men have attempted to breed the perfect racehorse, the one that will be greater than all the others of its generation. This book, with Julian Wilson's selection of the greatest racehorses ever, is a chronicle of the successful achievements of a number of those men; of the one horse in 10,000 that stands head and shoulders above the field. There are profiles of Phar Lap, Desert Orchid, Cigar,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Wilson
ISBN: 0316644684 9780316644686
OCLC Number: 60141238
Notes: Previous edition: Queen Anne Press, 1987.
Description: 255 pages, [16] leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 27 cm
Responsibility: Julian Wilson.

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For hundreds of years men have attempted to breed the perfect racehorse, the one that will be greater than all the others of its generation. This book, with Julian Wilson's selection of the greatest racehorses ever, is a chronicle of the successful achievements of a number of those men; of the one horse in 10,000 that stands head and shoulders above the field. There are profiles of Phar Lap, Desert Orchid, Cigar, Shergar and Lammtarra amongst many others, and every entry also includes the blood-lines of the horse. The book is a tribute to the truly great racehorses of the past 200 years, from Eclipse to Dancing Brave on the flat, and from Manifesto to Dawn Run under National Hunt rules. Some were bred by a genius who devoted a lifetime to the pursuit, whilst others were bred completely by chance. The author has not attempted an order of merit ; such a task would be impossible, as each horse has its own particular story of triumph, tragedy or pathos. The hero - or heroine - of each story is not the owner, the breeder, the trainer; it is that noble sporting creature, the racehorse.

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