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Mr. Darley's Arabian : high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in 25 horses, Christopher McGrath

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Mr. Darley's Arabian : high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in 25 horses
Title
Mr. Darley's Arabian
Title remainder
high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in 25 horses
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Christopher McGrath
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  • Mister Darley's Arabian
  • A history of racing in twenty-five horses
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Language
eng
Summary
"The audacious and inspired history of horse racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional Arabian steeds. In 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that, and although Mr. Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel. The story of racing is about man's relationship with horses, and Mr. Darley's Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper--the racecourse has always brought high and low life together. McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr. Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings."--Jacket
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Title
Mr. Darley's Arabian
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Summary
A history of horse racing through the bloodline of 25 exceptional Arabian steeds explores how horse racing reflects the relationship between horses and humans, tracing the story of an unlikely sire while exploring the scandals, adventures and fortunes of each subsequent generation
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10554538
Cataloging source
PNX
Dewey number
790
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
SF338
LC item number
.M38 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Target audience
adult
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high life, low life, sporting life: a history of racing in twenty-five horses
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high life, low life, sporting life: a history of racing in twenty-five horses
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Christopher McGrath
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Mr. Darleys Arabian
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high life, low life, sporting life: a history of racing in twenty-five horses
Mr. Darley's Arabian : high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in 25 horses, Christopher McGrath
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Mr. Darley's Arabian : high life, low life, sporting life : a history of racing in 25 horses, Christopher McGrath
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First published in Great Britain in 2016 by John Murray (publishers)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-406) and index
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ocn974635481
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Dimensions
24 cm
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Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 426 pages
Isbn
9781681773384
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illustrations (some color)

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