Over The Sticks. The Sport of National Hunt Racing

By: Ayres, Michael; and Gary Newbon. Foreword by Lord Wigg

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Near fine/near fine dj. 216 pp text as new save for light curl to top of front dj panel. DJ not price clipped. Green hardcover boards straight and sharp. Includes a directory of National Hunt Organizations, a list of winners of major races, a chart of official scale of weight-for-age in rear. An exhaustive work on the sport of steeplechasing. After tracing the stormy history of steeplechasing from the first race over jumps - a three-horse event in Leicestershire in 1792 - to its gradual development into the spectacular attraction that it is today, the book takes the reader behind the scenes at the racecourse, explaining the duties of officials such as stewards, clerks of the course, handicappers, starters and others, and showing how the sport is controlled and administered. It describes how courses are laid out, how fences are built and explains the differences between the various types of races, as well as dealing the comparative merits of betting with bookmakers or on the Tote. Methods of training are examined, with an insight into the daily life of a busy trainer, and there is much about that 'hardy breed', the jump jockeys, the strenuous life they lead and the risks they take for comparatively meager rewards. For the world-be owner, there is advice on how to set about it, either alone or as a member of a syndicate, details on what it costs to keep a jumper in the manner to which it will have become accustomed - roughly equivalent to the charges of a two-star hotel!, and a frank assessment of the rewards and tribulations to be expected of ownership.

Title: Over The Sticks. The Sport of National Hunt Racing

Author Name: Ayres, Michael; and Gary Newbon. Foreword by Lord Wigg

Categories: HORSE RACING & CHASING,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: England, Great Albion Books: 1971

ISBN Number: 0715353918

ISBN Number 13: 9780715353912

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: 29043

Keywords: STEEPLECHASE; STEEPLECHASING; HORSE RACING; FOX HUNTING; SPORTS,