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Horse Racing and Racing Society: Who Belongs and How it Works - Jocelyn De Moubray

Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lightly bruised at the the head of the spine otherwise a well presented copy.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Horseracing started in Britain as the exclusive pastime of royalty and the aristocracy, and from such beginnings it has evolved into the international industry and mass entertainment that it is today. Young unproven horses change hands for millions of pounds and the most promising stallions can be worth more than one hundred million dollars. Successive generations of new rich from Scottish whisky barons and English property tycoons to American oil millionaires have seen the turf as a means of attaining social advancement to match their wealth. Yet they have enthusiastically maintained existing rituals and sought to entertain and gamble in the same style as the aristocrats they have superseded, and the appeal of racing for those aristocrats and for the royal family has remained undiminished. But why have businessmen like Robert Sangster and Stavros Niarchos chosen to invest a fortune in racehorses? Why did the ruling family of Dubai, the Maktoums, spend fifty million pounds on yearlings in 1983? How do leading figures today compare with owners such as the Aga Khan III, Solly Joel and Marcel Boussac, who built up their bloodstock empires before the Second World War? Jocelyn de Moubray describes the lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy, for whom a successful racehorse is the ultimate status symbol, but he also looks behind the glamorous exterior of the racing world and focuses on the trainers, jockeys, administrators, bookmakers and gamblers. These are the people who have made British racing the best in the world.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 168
ISBN: 028399097X