Horse Racing Book of the Year

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  • Winner
    Cheltenham Et Al by Alastair Down

    For over thirty years Alastair Down has written about horseracing with an unrivalled cocktail of wit, insight, passion and descriptive power – a combination which has brought him legions of enthusiastic readers, both within and beyond the racing world. …

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    Burrough Hill Lad by Gavan Naden & Max Riddington

    In 1984 the nation was on high alert: miners on strike, inflation in double figures and prize racehorse Shergar was still missing. So it came as a welcome distraction when Burrough Hill Lad took to the turf and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy Gol …

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    If Horses Could Talk by Gary Witheford

    How a man saved his own life by talking to horses. And how he saved countless horses by understanding their language. This is a book that will both shock and inspire, anger and inform. In Gary’s own colourful words it tells of an itinerant RAF childhoo …

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    William Hill by Graham Sharpe with Mihir Bose

    This is the story of how a working class boy born into a family of 13 children in pre-First World War Birmingham grew up to revolutionise the world of betting and bookmaking. William Hill beat the odds by starting out as a teenage one-man band making t …

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    McCoy In The Frame by Edward Whitaker

    Edward Whitaker is publicly acknowledged as one of the best racing photographers ever. And A.P. McCoy is undoubtedly the most successful jumps jockey ever to have sat on a horse. The fact that the two have been around at the same time provides a stunni …

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    The Sure Thing by Nick Townsend

    The bookies always win. But one man has been proving them wrong for four decades. In the summer of 1975 Barney Curley, a fearless and renowned gambler, masterminded one of the most spectacular gambles of all time with a racehorse called Yellow Sun. It …

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