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Sea The Stars: The Story of a Perfect Racehorse Hardcover – 13 Nov 2009


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Racing Post Books; First Edition edition (13 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905156774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156771
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would thoroughly recommend it as the perfect Christmas present. --Ian Balding, Racing Post

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Sean Magee is the author of many books on horseracing, including Ascot: The Official History (2002), Lester's Derbys, written with Lester Piggott (2004) and Arkle: The Life and Legacy of Himself (2005).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GC on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
2009 was a vintage year for horseracing - thanks mainly to Sea The Stars, the horse that made headlines around the world as he remained unbeaten in six Group One races between May and October. The full story is retold in a blow-by-blow account in: Sea the Stars: The Complete Story of the World's Greatest Racehorse.

Chronologically documenting the nurturing process from precocious two year old through to Sea The Stars' unparalleled achievement of winning the 2,000 Guineas, The Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the one season; the book draws heavily from Racing Post articles and on-course coverage at the time.

However, the contributions from trainer John Oxx, jockey Mick Kinane and the colt's owner Christopher Tsui; along with Edward Whitaker's excellent photographs do help save Sean Magee's book from being a simple glorification exercise for the United Kingdom's solitary daily racing newspaper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 May 2014
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With the Classics almost upon us, it's exciting to speculate whether another wonder horse - another Frankel or Sea The Stars will burst onto the racing scene. After a modest year, at least we are going to see some remarkable talent at Newmarket and Epsom. This by way of introduction because Sea The Stars may well have been the most remarkable flat horse ever until Frankel appeared on the scene. It will be sad if their proximity in time allows the latter to overshadow the former.

This book is a splendid tribute to a great racehorse. I don't see it as primarily a medium to advance "The Racing Post". Indeed I think the editorial team are to be congratulated in presenting meticulously the facts, while at the same time capturing the special spirit of that time and the way in which Sea the Stars stood head and shoulders above his rivals. We read the words of many much closer to the horse, the groom, the masseuse as well as trainer and jockey, all with no direct line to the paper, and the pictures alone wonderfully capture that season's racing as a whole and its hero's towering presence.

The book will make a great gift for any racing enthusiast, though there are few who won't want it more closely at hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on 19 Jan. 2011
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This was bought as a gift for a friend who is a fan of horse racing. He was delighted with it. He's not a "reader" but he certainly liked this because as well as the "story" it has lots of pics.
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By althegoat on 11 Feb. 2013
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I saw this horse in the pre parade ring at Newmarket before the 2000 Guineas, he looked cool calm and collected. He was a real man and the other colts knew it, they were on their toes and he was icy calm, it was the calm before the racing storm. What a ride and what a horse.
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