2012 winner:

Edward Whitaker, the award-winning racing and sports photographer, has no equal when it comes to capturing the magic and essence of horse racing. Beautifully produced and printed this landscape full-colour, sumptuous book appeals to anyone who follows and appreciates the passionate world of horseracing.




 2012 shortlist:


The magnetic appeal of the Grand National – by those who didn’t win it… and one who did. Based on in-depth interviews with jockeys, some of whom have come so close more than once, others who have never even sniffed victory, racing historian Chris Pitt presents a unique take on the greatest race of all.







The Epsom Derby, established back in 1780 for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, is today considered to be the most prestigious of the five Classics of the racing calendar, but there was nothing noble about the notorious Derby held in 1844. Marred by horse switching allegations, false age declarations, devious ownership transferrals and nobbling, it was set to become the most scandalous event in the history of the Turf.
Drawing on a wide range of publications, newspaper articles, Jockey Club inquiry documentation and court evidence records, this book traces the web of deceit surrounding the original but subsequently disqualified 1844 Derby winner, Running Rein, and the audacious plan orchestrated by a certain Abraham Levi Goodman to ensure, by any underhand means at his disposal, that the Derby victory would be his, not for the glory of winning but as a monstrous betting coup.
Twists and turns abound in the claims, counter-claims and conflicting witness statements when the case goes to trial, as attempts are made to determine the age and identity of the horse purported to be Running Rein, and this intriguing story provides a fascinating insight into the world of horse racing and betting, where the stakes are high and the unscrupulous are prepared to do anything to protect their own interests, with little regard for the impact of their actions on the reputation of the sport.



Written by one of Ireland’s foremost racing journalists, this book profiles twelve of the finest Irish horses of the last hundred years of racing history and devotes a trenchant chapter to each, assessing their calibre against the horses they had to beat, and analysing the particular source of each horse’s greatness.







This powerfully honest autobiography looks at life at the very top in National Hunt racing.  These are the memoirs of AP McCoy, a true champion, an icon of sport, whose astonishing achievements over the past fifteen years are unlikely to be surpassed.  It is a great story of courage and modesty, pain and professional setbacks, strong family values and sporting triumphs, the good guy coming first – and staying there.







The compelling rags to riches story of larger than life punter, bookmaker and BBC
television pundit. It tells the story of how he lost over a £1million when Frankie Dettori won all seven races at Ascot – and won it back again.