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ISBN:
1906850429
Author:
Robin Oakley
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Individual Sports
Language:
English
Publisher:
Corinthian; UK ed. edition (October 4, 2012)
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Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere

Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere. Illuminated by archive photographs that illustrate the athleticism, character and courage of the horses, Britain and Ireland’s Top 100 Racehorses of All Time is the perfect gift for any fan of racing and its colourful history. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Robin Oakley presents his top 100 British racehorses of all time. This book is the product of a lifetime's passion following the sport

Robin Oakley presents his top 100 British racehorses of all time. This book is the product of a lifetime's passion following the sport. Oakley takes on the daunting task of assessing the truly great horses to have run in Britain and Ireland in both National Hunt and on the Flat.

Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere

Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere. Lifestyle & Sports.

Kauto Star, Nijinsky, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Frankel, Red Rum. how do you rank the best British and Irish horses from both Flat racing and jumping?

Kauto Star, Nijinsky, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Frankel, Red Rum. how do you rank the best British and Irish horses from both Flat racing and jumping? How do you compare a fleet-footed sprinter with the robust staying power of a steeplechaser? Robin Oakley's highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere

Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere

Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere.

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Publisher: Icon Books Ltd. Print ISBN: 9781906850425, 1906850429. Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere. He brings the legendary names of past and present vividly to life with a wealth of fascinating stories behind their victories. You are leaving VitalSource and being redirected to Britain and Ireland's Top 100 Racehorses of All Time.

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Britain and Ireland’s Top 100 Racehorses of All Time (eBook). Kauto Star, Nijinsky, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Frankel, Red Ru. ow do you rank the best British and Irish horses from both Flat racing and jumping? How do you compare a fleet-footed sprinter with the robust staying power of a steeplechaser? Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere.

Robin Oakley presents his top 100 British racehorses of all time. This book is the product of a lifetime's passion following the sport. Oakley takes on the daunting task of assessing the truly great horses to have run in Britain and Ireland in both National Hunt and on the Flat.
  • Oghmaghma
Very thorough and well thought-out presentation. Obviously, no one will agree on the top 100, but the list presented was most impressive. And the information was also quite good, although I would have liked more stats -- perhaps a pedigree chart and a complete race record: starts, wins, seconds, thirds, and earnings for each year raced.
  • Glei
The author concedes that selecting his top 100 was hard, and putting them in a particular order was also hard. We could argue forever about his selections and the order in which he places them, but it is interesting that while some people have dubbed Frankel as the greatest horse ever, the author rates him third to Arkle and Brigadier Gerard in this book, which is mainly limited to British and Irish horses, but also includes the French-trained Sea Bird, who he lists at number 5.

Despite the title, which might suggest that these are the best 100 of all time, the list is dominated by horses from the past half century or so. That said, there are more horses from further back in time than I expected, and they include Trespasser (91), the only horse I'd never heard of prior to buying this book. Trespasser was apparently the best hurdler of his era (the early 1920`s), so he is obviously entitled to consideration for an entry in a book like this. More predictable inclusions from a time that few if any people alive today can remember are Golden Miller (7), Sceptre (9), Bahram (15), Pretty Polly (19), Hyperion (26), Easter Hero(44), Brown Jack (47), Ormonde (51), Bayardo (67), Ard Patrick (69), Mumtaz Mahal (71), Ciminella (73), The Tetrarch (77) and Blue Peter (80). Only one of those horses represents the nineteenth century, that being the 1886 Triple Crown winner Ormonde, and there is no representative of the eighteenth century, but the author has done better than I expected in selecting horses from before his lifetime.

Mill Reef, the horse that aroused my interest in racing, is here at number 8, while Sea the Stars (4), Kauto Star (6) and Red Rum (10) complete the top ten.

American readers will find a few familiar names here, with Nijinsky (13), Pebbles (18), Ouija Board (43), Giant's Causeway (48), Daylami (65) and Roberto (76) having been successful either in the Breeders' Cup or at stud. Dayjur (87) is remembered for jumping a shadow in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, which he would otherwise have won. Not quite a Devon Loch moment, but Dayjur made it into this book while Devon Loch didn`t, except for a mention in the piece on Dayjur.

The book is sequenced beginning at the bottom with Meld (100), the fillies' Triple Crown winner of the fifties and ascending as the book progresses, but of course there's no obligation to read the book in that order. Just jump in to the horse you want to read about. The entries are each at least two pages per horse, but the entries for the horses higher up the list tend to be longer.

While there are plenty of pictures, these are all in black and white, and they are printed on the same paper that is used for the text. There are no glossy pages with pictures of photographic quality, but the pictures here are perfectly adequate for their purpose. For the horses who raced before I was born, there are no color photographs anyway, although there are paintings of most if not all of them. Whereas a book containing glossy pictures in full color can be worth the extra money (and I have some books of that type), they tend to be short on commentary. This book covers the careers of the selected horses in greater detail than you'd find in a picture book.

This is an excellent book of its type. My top 100 would include some of the same horses but plenty that are not here, but that's the nature of this type of book.