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Haynes backs a winner with new Horse Racing Manual

26 February 2018
Tom Peacock
Wednesday, 14 February, 2018


26 February 2018:  Racegoers are under starter’s orders ahead of the launch of a brand new manual from publisher Haynes, which offers the inside track on one of the world’s most watched sports.

The Horse Racing Manual, authored by top-level racing journalist Tom Peacock, is a definitive guide to all aspects of the sport, from owning and training horses, to knowing what to wear and placing bets on race day.

Available ahead of two of the highlights of the jump racing season – the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Grand National – the manual is the ideal companion for punters seeking insider knowledge, hints and tips before the racing starts.

This fully-illustrated manual breaks the sport down into sections, tracing its millennia of history and exploring the full breadth of the vast industry it has become today.

Based on exclusive access to the stable of champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who also writes a foreword for the book, the manual takes readers behind the scenes to where the horses are bred, reared and trained and reveals the roles of the people who work with them. 

The manual contains insights from a number of experts within the sport, who help to decode and explain the often-baffling jargon frequently used by those in the know.


Content from the manual includes:

  • The horses – where they come from, how they are taught to race and how to buy one
  • The practitioners – the roles of jockeys, trainers, owners and breeders, along with some of their secrets
  • Going racing – how to get the most out of your time at the races, from understanding the action to betting and picking a winner
  • The racecourses – learning about where the sport has spread and knowing the must-see attractions


Discussing his inspiration for the book, Author Tom Peacock commented: “At horse racing’s core is the simple principle of one horse running faster than the rest, but built around that is an old-fashioned language which it is assumed everyone will instantly understand. Whilst for many the appeal of racing is its sophistication, the mystique of it can be disorienting or even off-putting to a newcomer. 

“This book will answer all of the questions those new to racing will want to ask, and many more, leaving the reader armed with enough useful information to get more out of their days at the races. I hope I can encourage others to fall in love with this sport just as I did years ago.”

TheHorse Racing Manual is priced at £22.99 and is available from The book number is H6169. The ISBN is 9781785211690. It is published in March 2018.


About the author  

Tom Peacock is a freelance journalist who has spent 14 years working in the horse racing media. This included four years as Chief Racing Correspondent at the Press Association. Most recently he was a racing reporter for the Daily Telegraph providing news, tipping and features and covering meetings around the world. He has twice been nominated as Reporter Of The Year at the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) awards and has appeared as an expert on the likes of CNN and talkSPORT.

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