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Eclipse: The Story of the Rogue, the Madman and the Horse that Changed Racing
 
 
Author
Nicholas Clee.
Publisher Bantam  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780593059845
Pages/Publication Date 344/2009
Daedalus Item Code 41260
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(Shortlisted in 2009 for Britain's prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award) Epsom Downs, May 3rd, 1769: a chestnut stallion with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post, leaving his four rivals so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." As Nicholas Clee sets the scene in this sporting yarn, awestruck spectators knew they were in the presence of greatness. Watching Eclipse was the man who would buy him, an adventurer named Dennis O'Kelly, who made his money through roguery and gambling, and who was also the companion of the madam of one of London's most notorious brothels. While O'Kelly was destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, Eclipse went on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport; in fact, 95 percent of horses racing today are his male-line descendants.

"Splendid.... This is a read bursting with life, and Clee has the balance and worldliness to weigh all his material with sense and perspective. No racing home should be without it."Times (London)

"It brings to life a horse that has left behind a matchless legacy. For the casual reader, it is an enjoyable romp through a period knee-deep in fops, fools and fraudsters."Independent on Sunday

 
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