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Steeplechasing - John Hislop

J. A. Allen & Co., 1970, Hardback ..
Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

First in this edition. [First: Hutchinson, 1951] From the introduction: “MUCH has been written on the subject of flat-racing: upon its history, its development and its attributes, but the praises of steeplechasing have been left largely unsung. Steeplechasing is, as it were, a younger, poorer sister; less favoured, and faced with hardships and difficulties undreamt of in the life of the elder and more prosperous relative. Nevertheless, as is not uncommon both in fact and fairy-tale, the humbler of the two is, in many ways, possessed of the finer qualities. Steeplechasing is essentially a sport. The exigencies of the times have, it is true, forced many owners to cut down their interests, others to maintain them only while their horses pay their way, but, as a whole, steeple-chasing is supported for what it is and not for what can be got out of it; for the thrill of watching horses jumping at speed, their skill and courage and that of their riders — in both cases necessarily of a sterner order than is demanded on the flat — and for its own particular individuality and charm. It is the endeavour of this book to present steeplechasing in its true light, to paint the rough side and the smooth, the aspect behind the scene, and, in particular, to show the rider’s point of view.”

Illustrator: John Skeaping
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 250
ISBN: 0851310451
Introduction: The Late Lord Mildmay Of Flete

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