The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing

The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 3/28/2013
EAN 9781107618367, ISBN10: 1107618363

Paperback, 254 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

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.

List of illustrations
List of contributors
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.