101 Interesting Facts on the History of Horseracing

Apex Publishing will be publishing my new book 101 Interesting Facts on the History of Horse Racing, in a few months time. 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; some of the famous runners and many other interesting facts, some familiar and some maybe unfamiliar.

This Book is now available at Amazon.co.uk, as an e-book, Price £2.49, or at Amazon.com at $3.99.

REVIEWS

AMAZON REVIEW

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Jan. 2015
 
This review is from: 101 Interesting Facts on the History of Horse Racing (Kindle Edition)
What an interesting selection of facts on the great sport of horse racing. really enjoyed this book.

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No.3. Tregonwell Frampton, Father of the English Turf.
No.4. The Byerley Turk.
No.12. The Godolphin Arabian.
No.15. Gimcrack, the popular little grey horse, who was probably the first horse to carve himself a place in Turf history by virtue of his charm.
No.16. Eclipse. Not only was he never beaten - he was never even extended. Approximately 95% of thoroughbreds trace to Eclipse, through his son, Pot 8 os.
No.18. Pot 8 os, a son of Eclipse, was an extremely succesful racehorse and stallion. He won around thirty races, mostly over four-mile heats on the Beacon Course at Newmarket.
No.20. Diomed, winner of the first Derby, in 1780. At the age of twenty-one he was sold to the United States, where he became a successful stallion.
No.32. Eager, winning the 1791 Derby.
No.38. Hambletonian being rubbed down after winning the famous match against Diamond, over the Beacon Course at Newmarket, in 1799.
No.41. Eleanor, the first horse to win both the Derby and the Oaks.
No.44. The Duke of Grafton’s Penelope, one of only twelve mares to breed two Derby winners, Whalebone and Whisker.
No.44. The Duke of Grafton’s Penelope, one of only twelve mares to breed two Derby winners, Whalebone and Whisker.
No.46. Sir Archy, the first great racehorse in America. His influence at stud was such that he became known as the ‘Godolphin Arabian of America’.
No.50. The remarkable Doctor Syntax. In England he holds the record for the number of multiple wins: the Preston Gold Cup, seven times, and the Lancaster and Richmond Gold Cups, five times.
No.65. William Crockford's famous stallion, Sultan, who sired five winners of the 2000 Guineas.
No.66. Priam, winner of the Derby in 1830 and described by John Kent as the most perfect racehorse he ever saw.
No.67. The great northern race mare Bee’s-wing, a winner of 51 races from 64 starts; including the Newcastle Gold Cup six times, the Doncaster Cup four times, and an Ascot Gold Cup.
No.68. Queen Mary, with her filly foal Bab at the Bowster, by Annandale, one of the greatest broodmares in the General Stud Book. She established a dynasty that is still prolific to this day.
No.70. Red Rum, who has the remarkable record of three wins and two seconds in the Grand National.
No.71. Pocahontas, dam of Stockwell, Rataplan and King Tom. She lived till thirty-three, a record for the longest living broodmare in the General Stud Book.
No.72. Lord Geoge Bentinck was seen as a great reformer of the Turf, but in reality his reforms were only for the benefit of making more money.
No.73. The start of the memorable Derby of 1844.
No.75. Monarque, winner of the Poule D'Essai des Poulains, the Prix du Jockey Club, Prix du Cadran and the Goodwood Cup. Most noted for being the sire of Gladiateur.
No.80. Gladiateur, the only horse in Turf history to win the Triple Crown, the Grand Prix de Paris and the Ascot Gold Cup. Known as the 'Avenger of Waterloo', his statue adorns the entrance to Longchamp racecourse.
No.84. Tristan, the only horse to win the Champion Stakes on three occasions.
No.87. Surefoot, the hottest losing favourite of the Derby at 95 to 40 on, in 1890.
No.89. St. Simon, unbeaten on the racecourse and Champion Sire on nine occasions. St. Simon holds the record of being the sire of five winners of the Oaks.
No.98. Dancer's Image, the only winner of the Kentucky Derby to be disqualified.
No.94. Arkle, the greatest ever steeplechaser. His adoring public would gather several deep around the parade ring to catch a glimpse of him.