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Arkle: The Legend of 'Himself' [Hardcover]

Jim Dreaper , Anne Holland
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Book Description

14 Oct 2013

In 1964 Arkle's first-place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was the first big win by Ireland's most celebrated racehorse: the horse by which all others are measured. Fifty years on from the start of his incredible career - which included wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (three times), Irish Grand National, Hennessy Gold Cup, King George VI Chase and Punchestown Gold Cup - Anne Holland looks at Arkle's life and legend through the eyes of those who knew him best. She describes Arkle's career, his incredible wins, and the people involved with him, interviewing many of his connections, including Jim Dreaper, Paddy Woods, Tom Taaffe, sculptor Emma McDermott, the Baker family and others. Arkle was a star - the story goes that he received items of fan mail addressed to 'Himself, Ireland' - and this is a well-researched and intimate portrait of a legendary horse.

‘be prepared to be surprised’ Jim Dreaper

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'tells each story with clarity and is well worth its place in any racing aficionado’s library'
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press; 1st Edition edition (14 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847175481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847175489
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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very entertaining … terrific book

(The Pat Kenny Show)

the memories evoked by Holland in this excellent new work on Arkle's illustrious career are such that the mind's eye sees them afresh in glorious Technicolor

(Kingsley Klarion)

Holland is to be congratulated on unearthing a trove of anecdotes and opinions which lend the book a real vitality. Jim Dreaper, son of Arkle's trainer Tom, has written the foreword and acknowledges that much of the information she has unearthed is new to him

(Kingsley Klarion)

It was pleasing to read that Arkle, and Pat Taaffe, are to be immortalised in bronze in Ashbourne, Co Meath, by sculptress Emma MacDermott. I hope the statue will be as fitting a tribute to a true equine superstar as Holland's book deserves to be

(Kingsley Klarion)

just how special Arkle was is spelled out in glorious detail

(Westmeath Examiner)

it wasn’t just racing fans that loved Arkle – and it won’t be just racing fans that will enjoy this book

(Westmeath Examiner)

Holland pulls off with aplomb the difficult task of writing about an animal without lapsing into anthropomorphic sentimentality. Throughout her book, Arkle remains a horse – but what a horse!

(The Lady)

an enjoyable and engaging read

(Horse and Hound)

[the] author has uncovered quite a few new anecdotes

(Ireland’s Own)

The Irish Field readers will enjoy [Anne Holland’s] book on the mighty Arkle

(The Irish Field)

retelling of the story is timely

(The Irish Field)


(Irish Examiner)

About the Author

Anne Holland was a successful amateur rider who once rode at Aintree on Grand National day. She has written many books on horse-racing including Steeplechasing: A Celebration, The Grand National: The Irish At Aintree and All in the Blood.

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5.0 out of 5 stars SAVING FOR CHRISTMAS DAY READING 19 Dec 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 4 Jan 2014
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bought this for my dad for xmas, one of his fav racehorses of all time. Should keep him quiet and me in the good books with my mum lol
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Most enjoyable read, covering so much of jump racing, written by a very well informed writer. I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of a great horse 29 Dec 2013
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This book deserves a 5 star rating. The story of the world's greatest steeplechaser that ever lived is wonderful. Beautiful pictures rekindling the memories of this amazing horse.Every Arkle fan should own it. Long live Arkle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The legend of Arkle. 20 Mar 2014
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What a fascinating book, not only for the life story of a champion race horse but also intertwined the story of his owner.A great read which was hard to put down. Had a few late nights reading this one.
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