Transworld, 26. jan. 2010 - 368 sider
Epsom Downs, 3rd May, 1769: a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are 'nowhere'.
Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer who has made his money through roguery and gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also the companion of the madam of one of London's most notorious brothels.
While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport.
Eclipse's male-line descendants will include Desert Orchid, Arkel and all but three of the Derby winners of the past fifty years. And his astonishing life will be matched only by that of the rogue who owned him.
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LibraryThing ReviewBrukerevaluering - prichardson - LibraryThing
I really enjoyed this book. What makes this book is not the story of Eclipse himself, although it does underline his importance to racing down the ages, but the historical context and the characters that shaped racing in the 18th Century. Les hele vurderingen