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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (19 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742704611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742704616
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 2.3 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trevor Marmalade is a well-known Australian television star and has appeared on top-rating sports shows over the years. Jim McGrath is a renowned race caller, media presenter and sports journalist in the UK. He recently retired from his position as racing commentator for the BBC, where he called 20 Grand Nationals, 18 Derbys, 26 Royal Ascots and 20 Melbourne Cups. He is currently racing correspondent for The Daily Telegraph.

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Lavishly produced book featuring over 270 courses from 33 countries. The book starts in England before travelling to Scotland, Ireland, and other European countries. The journey continues through Australia and New Zealand. American courses follow with racetracks from the rest of the world featuring in a haphazard order. 32 pages are devoted to racing in England compared to 46 in Australia. It is stated that the Cesarewitch starts in Cambridgeshire and finishes in Sussex - that would be interesting race to view! The pictures are of a higher quality that the text and there is no explanation of the abbreviations. Some are obvious but others are hard to decipher. Many of the race distances are given in metric, when many readers would have preferred the imperial alternative (even in brackets. Greater detail about the courses and races would be more informative than long lists of race winners which can be found in reference books. Why the Palio Di Siena and the Mongol Derby appear in Great Racetracks of the World, only the authors can know. Neither takes place on a proper racetrack and both harm the image of racing.

In the introduction it is stated nobody had produced a book covering all the tracks where Group or Listed races take place. Hopefully, in the future a better book will be produced that fulfils that desire.
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and looks beautiful on your coffee table 23 July 2014
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If your a horse racing fan then this book is must ! It's well written, well layed out, and looks beautiful on your coffee table. It's also very informative and shows all the great races involved at each of the tracks. And the pictures are beautiful. If u buy it enjoy! It would also be an awesome gift for a horse racing person.
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