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THE HEATH & THE HORSE: A HISTORY OF RACING AND ART ON NEWMARKET HEATH. David Oldrey et al. Philip Wilson Publishers, I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London, 2015. Copyright 2016. 352 pp. with 221 ills. (169 col.). 29 x 24 cm. ISBN 9781781300237 In English.
Publisher's description: Newmarket has a unique historic position as the acknowledged home of horseracing. Yet until now no book has provided a definitive history of Newmarket Heath, the key figures who contributed to its transformation from untamed heath land to the world's finest racing ground, and the origins and development of the Jockey Club. This comprehensive and authoritative book is the first to trace this history from its early beginnings to the present day and to show how and why the sport of horseracing developed on the heath and spread globally from that base. All of the turf's greatest racehorses and the larger-than-life characters integral to the heath's history are included. The first part provides a broad chronological history of the heath -- from its discovery by James I in 1605 to the present day -- and examines its relationship with and influence on racing nationally. The importance of the royal court in the development of the heath, the various swings of fortune it experienced once the monarchy lost interest, and the formation of the Jockey Club to control both the heath and the sport, are traced. Also discussed are Newmarket Heath's influence in the breeding of a superior thoroughbred horse from native and eastern stock to be tested on its unique heath land, the methods of training down the centuries, and the many trainers and jockeys involved.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Several Periods — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166080
Hardcover $55.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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