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The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing


Rebecca Cassidy, Richard Nash, Douglas Fordham, Jane Smiley, Wray Vamplew, Sean Magee, John Maynard, James Helmer, Michael Hinds, Wayne Peake, Jonathan Silverman, Rachel Pagones, Mark Godfrey, Mark Davies, Chris McConville
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107618367

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  • People have been racing horses for thousands of years, all over the world. Yet horseracing is often presented as an English creation that was exported, unaltered, to the colonies. This Companion investigates the intersection of racing and literature, art, history and finance, casting the sport as the product of cross-class, cosmopolitan and international influences. Chapters on racing history and the origins of the thoroughbred demonstrate how the gift of a fast horse could forge alliances between nations, and the extent to which international power dynamics can be traced back to racetracks and breeding sheds. Leading scholars and journalists draw on original research and firsthand experience to create portraits of the racetracks of Newmarket, Kentucky, the Curragh, and Hunter Valley, exposing readers to new racing frontiers in China and Dubai as well. A unique resource for fans and scholars alike, reopening essential questions regarding the legacy and importance of horseracing today.

    • Accessible and scholarly chapters about diverse aspects of horseracing, past and present, written by leading scholars, experts and journalists
    • Presents new perspectives on the history and possible futures of horseracing in Europe and North America, Australia and the Far East
    • Explores the funding and popularity of racing, the origins of the thoroughbred horse, the role of the thoroughbred in fiction and art, and more
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A thoroughbred publication from an unusual but welcome stable.' Racing Post

    'A comprehensive companion …' The Irish Field

    '… a serious book … recommended for libraries, fans and experts alike.' Reference Reviews

    '… [this] volume is a great starting place for those interested in the subject, and the reader will come away wanting to learn more … highly recommended' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107618367
    • length: 249 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Horseracing: a chronology
    Introduction Rebecca Cassidy
    1. Sporting with kings Richard Nash
    2. The thoroughbred in British art Douglas Fordham
    3. The fiction of horseracing Jane Smiley
    4. From Godolphin to Godolphin: the turf re-laid Wray Vamplew
    5. Festivals Sean Magee
    6. Bodies on the line: the social and physical capital of race riding John Maynard
    7. Life in the backstretch James Helmer
    8. Irish racing's peaceable kingdoms Michael Hinds
    9. 'Sydney or the Bush': adaptation, centrality and periphery in Australian horseracing Wayne Peake
    10. Saratoga style Jonathan Silverman
    11. The Dubai connection Rachel Pagones
    12. Racing in Asia Mark Godfrey
    13. Global markets, changing technology: the future of the betting industry Mark Davies
    14. Horseracing: local traditions and global connections Chris McConville.

  • Editor

    Rebecca Cassidy, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Rebecca Cassidy is Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has written and edited a number of books on horseracing, animal domestication and gambling, including Horse People (2007) and Sport of Kings: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket (2002).


    Rebecca Cassidy, Richard Nash, Douglas Fordham, Jane Smiley, Wray Vamplew, Sean Magee, John Maynard, James Helmer, Michael Hinds, Wayne Peake, Jonathan Silverman, Rachel Pagones, Mark Godfrey, Mark Davies, Chris McConville

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