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In the tradition of Seabiscuit, the extraordinary true story of the world's most famous racehorse, and the rogue who owned him A vivid portrait of high and low life, princes, paupers, and prostitutes, this history brings to life an era of passionate sport, ferocious gambling, and uninhibited sex. It's the story of a rank outsider who went on to become a national celebrity; and of the horse that became a national icon, and whose influence is transcendent 200 years later. Epsom Downs, May 3, 1769--a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are nowhere. Awestruck spectators know they are in the presence of greatness. Among the crowd are Eclipse's owner--a meat salesman, and a man who wants to own Eclipse--an adventurer, roguery, gambler, and the companion of the madam of one of London's most notorious brothels. Eclipse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. He will found dynasties that will dominate the bloodstock market in every country where thoroughbreds race. His influence will be such that 95 percent of horses racing today are his male-line descendants.
"[A] charming, humorous and historic look at the history of horseracing" —San Antontio Express-News
"Makes for rollicking reading." —San Antonio Express-News
In the bestselling tradition of Seabiscuit
, the extraordinary true story of the world's most famous racehorse, and the rogue who owned him.
Epsom Downs racetrack, 3rd May, 1769: a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post, leaving his rivals in the dust. Awestruck, his spectators know they are in the presence of greatness.
This is a vivid portrait of high society and low life, of passionate sport and ferocious gambling. It's the story of Eclipse's owner, an adventurer who made his money through roguery and gambling — a rank outsider who went on to become a national celebrity — and of his horse, which went on to become the undisputed champion of horse racing; founded dynasties that dominated the bloodstock market in every country where Thoroughbreds raced; and whose influence was such that ninety-five percent of horses racing today are Eclipse's male-line descendants.
About the Author
Nicholas Clee is a journalist and food writer.