A Day at the Races
by Peter May
Foreword by Henrietta Knight.
From King Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth II, via the introduction of the Classics, a duel at Ascot, the first steeplechase, a Derby Day fraud, a huge Cambridgeshire gamble, the desolation of Fred Archer, a thousand-mile walk around Newmarket Heath, the greatness of Ormonde and Sceptre, Man o’ War’s record-breaking runs, National Velvet and Emily Davison, to the brilliance of Lester Piggott, Tony McCoy and Frankel, Peter May has selected over one hundred days that encapsulate five hundred years of the Sport of Kings.
His short, informative, easy-to-read essays bring to life racing’s milestone events that set the nation on a different path, such as the 1913 Derby, and the sacrifices horseracing made to support the British military campaigns overseas. A host of anecdotes tell of the exploits of the racing fraternity and cast light on the psyche of those who were prepared to take on bets which, at today’s rates, would stretch into millions. Sure to rekindle fond, and maybe distant, memories of the races and horses that once dominated the sporting section of the daily newspapers.
Mar 31, 2022
About the Author:
Dr Peter May has been an avid follower of horseracing since Red Alligator’s win in the 1968 Grand National. He has degrees in Mathematical and Computer Science, a Masters in the Philosophy of expert systems and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. A former professional gambler, he has written many horseracing books and contributed to various newspapers, journals and websites.