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New book remembers glory days of horse racing

When Racing Was Racing A Century of Horse Racing
02 October 2012
Adam Powley
Out Now

Horse racing is known as the sport of kings, but also one that has captivated millions. This new Haynes book, When Racing Was Racing, looks back at the sport at its majestic best.

When Racing Was Racing chronicles the great races, riders and horses of the past and remembers a sport that would regularly bring the country to a standstill and enthral the huge crowds that the ‘Classic’ races attract.

While horse racing may still provide a glorious and compelling spectacle, this wonderful collection of photographs and memories takes you back to that cherished era with a unique look at the sport’s long and rich heritage.

Drawing on 100 years of outstanding photographs in the huge Mirrorpix archive, this book brings racing to life as it once was. All the excitement, drama and thrills are evoked, along with profiles and features on the great and the good of the sport.

From legendary jockeys to betting rogues, famous thoroughbreds to the less-heralded but no-less loved competitors of their day, this is a book that captures the special excitement, charm and flavour of racing’s bygone days.

When Racing Was Racing celebrates British racing’s grass roots, its customs, curiosities and unique characteristics held dear by racing lovers around the world.

With fascinating illustrations of the grandest venues to the humblest tracks, and a special section on the much-missed courses that have faded into the past, this is the perfect illustrated guide to racing’s golden age.

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