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John Costello & Pat Finnegan

New Zealands racing history from the arrival of the first thoroughbred in 1840 to the mighty deeds of Bonecrusher, is captured in Tapestry of Turf.
Tapestry of Turf is the story of racehorses, great and good, of the professional jockeys and trainers who made their imprint on history, of the country's racing clubs up and the industry that provides New Zealand with more racehorses per capita than any other country in the world; of the owners who sustained the sport through boom times and depression; of the administrators who shaped the course New Zealand has taken.

Years of painstaking research and meticulous cross-checking have gone into this monumental work. All the great gallopers are there, from Lurline and Carbine in the 19th Century to Desert Gold and Gloaming; Phar Lap to Kindergarten; from Mainbrace and Rising Fast to Balmerino and Show Gate, and through to McGinty, Waverley Star and Bonecrusher inthe 1980s.

All the great sires from Traducer and Musket to Martian, Absurd and Beau Pere; from Foxbridge through Le Filou and Summertime to Sir Tristram.

All the great horsemen, from Dick Mason and Dan OBrien to Hector Gray, Grenville Hughes and Norm Holland, to the Skelton brothers, David Peake and his successors of the 1980s Jim Cassidy, David Walsh and Lance OSullivan.

If you are interested in Thoroughbred Gallopers this is a great book.

Tapestry of Turf - over 500,000 words and 250 illustrations including portraits of 32 champions in full colour - Carbine, Desert Gold, Gloaming, Phar Lap, Beaumaris, Mainbrace, Kindergarten, Sleepy Fox, Somerset Fair, Syntax, Passive, Cadiz, Fountainhead, Great Sensation, Kumai, Game, Balmerino, Show Gate, Grey Way, Battle Heights, Shifnal Chief, Battle Eve, Blue Blood, Uncle Remus, McGinty, Altitude, Silver Nymph, Sir Tristram, Powley, Waverley Star

A truly monumental work. The "don't miss" book for any racing enthusiast.
HB, 1988, 559pages, good condition
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