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Mr. Darley's Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in Twenty-Five Horses

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The audacious and inspired history of horse racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional Arabian steeds.
In 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that, and although Mr. Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel.

The story of racing is about man's relationship with horses, and Mr. Darley's Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper - the racecourse has always brought high and low life together.

McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr. Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 21, 2016 – The Darley Arabian unites "the lineage of nineteen out of twenty thoroughbreds lining up for any race, anywhere in the world," writes veteran horse racing reporter McGrath in this frustrating book. In the family tree of horse racing, the Darley Arabian is basically the trunk. McGrath details 25 of the branches sprouting from this almost mythical horse which, ironically, never raced beginning from to its birth in 1700. This leads to tales of debauchery by horse owners, noblemen, and racetrack principals; and the development of more humane training methods for horses to a "numbers game." Telling a story of this massive scope is an ambitious undertaking, and McGrath fails to achieve it. His devotion to side characters and their turbulent stories, though entertaining, often takes readers off course. The commitment to research's nooks and crannies is so complete that McGrath casts his work more as a reference book than an intriguing example of narrative nonfiction. Devoted subjects of the sport of kings will adore the historical diversions; others may feel overwhelmed. Color and b&w illus.
Mr. Darley's Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in Twenty-Five Horses
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: Mar 07, 2017
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Seller: W. W. Norton
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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