The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings

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This unique qbehind the scenesq description of British flat racing is based on first hand experiences in Newmarket, the Suffolk town regarded as the international headquarters of the sport. Cassidy offers an insider's look at the rituals of horseracing--including those on the racecourse and at the bloodstock auction--and shows how racing, betting and the bloodstock industry are connected. Her insightful descriptions of the class structure of Newmarket explain how racing professionals preserve both the sport and their status quo.Live greyhound- and horseracing begins in the afternoon, along with the numbers draws which are succeeding in drawing custom away from the racing. ... Deciding to place a bet was a casual undertaking, the name read from the screen or the paper, scrawled on a piece of paper ... (Trainer) Numbers betting, in various forms, is also available in betting shops, where there are live draws every afternoon.

Title:The Sport of Kings
Author:Rebecca Cassidy
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2002-08-29


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