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.
'You may find it hard to put down. A comprehensive retelling of a rich racing history.' Racing Post
'It’s impossible not to learn massive amounts every time you pick the book up. Did you know that before the invention of the electric telegraph, at least one result of the St Leger was transported to Manchester by dogs trained to hunt by trail?' Racing Ahead magazine
'It’s a highly entertaining, engrossing read which is more than just a colourful history lesson on the sport of kings. The depth of research is staggering and I learned so much.' Mike Cattermole, TV presenter
'Each vignette could be a whole book in itself, and May’s skill has been to distil each one to its essence and leave you wanting more.' Horse and Hound
Mar 31, 2022
About the Author:
Peter May has two major hobbies: fishing and horseracing and has written acclaimed books on both subjects. He has a phD in artificial intelligence, has been a former professional gambler and represents his local angling club in competition matches.