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Over The Hurdles
Author: John Adams

ISBN: 9781877096327
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23 April 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 22.6 x 2.4
No Australian sport has had a more interesting or colourful history than jumping racing. John Adamss Over the Hurdles tells the remarkable story of jumping in Australia, from the first Sydney steeplechase in 1832 to the sports controversial battle for survival in recent years. In this first-ever history of jumping racing in Australia, Adams leads us on a beguiling tour of the horses, jockeys, racecourses, characters, and controversies of the past 180 years.

The book recounts how professional jockeys came to replace amateur gentlemen riders; how the sport boomed in its heyday, when Melbourne alone held 120 races a year; how the infamous criminal Squizzy Taylor tried to poison the 1924 Grand National favourite; how famed poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon rode a record three winners over the hurdles in one day; how a desperate crowd once killed a dishonest bookmaker at Flemington; how the sport strengthened ties between Australia and Ireland, the spiritual home of jumping; and how the falls, injuries, and deaths threatened its survival.

The book captures the thrilling, courageous spirit of jumps racing. Riders, whether successful or not, universally ...

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