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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant horse, great book
Two books devoted to discussing this horse are available. I decided from the start that I was only going to buy one of them. Having enjoyed other books by both authors, I was confident that both would be good. Of course, both had to confront the problem of how to fill a book about Sea The Stars, a horse who raced for just two seasons. Even with great pictures to pad out...
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pics shame about the text
This book is really of the coffee-table variety as there's not much reading but some beautiful pictures.
The subject is as good a horse to have raced in Europe over the last sixty years so he deserves to be remembered.
Horse-racing fans will love the photos but it would have been nice to learn more about Sea the Stars' records and achievements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant horse, great book, 26 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Sea The Stars: The World's Best Racehorse (Hardcover)
Two books devoted to discussing this horse are available. I decided from the start that I was only going to buy one of them. Having enjoyed other books by both authors, I was confident that both would be good. Of course, both had to confront the problem of how to fill a book about Sea The Stars, a horse who raced for just two seasons. Even with great pictures to pad out the pages, that was still not easy. I read somewhere that this book tended to go for more background info while Sea the Stars: The Complete Story of the World's Greatest Racehorse tended to give more detail about each race, even though both books cover the races well. On that basis, I opted for this book.

This book does indeed contain plenty of background info, not about what the horse did in training, but about his connections. A chapter each is devoted to his home (The Curragh), his birthplace (The Irish National Stud), his trainer (John Oxx), his jockey (Mick Kinane) and his owner (Christopher Tsui). Although not given a chapter heading, coverage is given to the horse's parents (Cape Cross and Urban Sea) and their parents. I remember some of these horses and enjoyed the chance to read about them here.

The remaining chapters are all about Sea The Stars, covering all his victories in quite sufficient detail. I also liked the coverage of the horse's debut, when three horses beat him, though the author curiously says that only one horse beat him while two others finished in front of him, because the author then goes on to explain how those three horses fared subsequently.

In the final chapter, the author puts her case for claiming Sea The Stars to be the best ever, but there are for me two obvious problems beyond the basic one of trying to compare across different generations. One is that while Sea The Stars beat the best European horses around at the time with ease, those horses as a group were possibly not as strong as some earlier champions had faced. The second problem is that Sea The Stars didn't go to the Breeders Cup, when he would have been up against Zenyatta unless her owners had ducked out and gone for a different race. Had he run well but still lost to Zenyatta, it would have enhanced his reputation as much as beating her would have done. The owner decided on retirement instead so while Sea The Stars is certainly one of the best horses to have raced in my lifetime, the case for him being the best is unproven.

This is an excellent book and I'm very happy to have opted for this rather than Sea the Stars: The Complete Story of the World's Greatest Racehorse. Which of the two is the better? I don't know and probably never will. If I had a well-paid job, I'd have bought both books and compared them. With limited funds and without a battle against Zenyatta to reminisce on, Sea The Stars is only worth one book. Read any other reviews you can find (whether on Amazon or not) besides this one in deciding which book suits you best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pics shame about the text, 10 Dec 2010
This review is from: Sea The Stars: The World's Best Racehorse (Hardcover)
This book is really of the coffee-table variety as there's not much reading but some beautiful pictures.
The subject is as good a horse to have raced in Europe over the last sixty years so he deserves to be remembered.
Horse-racing fans will love the photos but it would have been nice to learn more about Sea the Stars' records and achievements.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book cover..., 1 Oct 2010
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The book is in hard blue cover without pictures, the one u could see from the net is just a paper cover separating from the book. This makes the book less meaningless if the paper cover is away. Also, Amazon will put it in a box but not fully fit the book so the paper cover is damaged during transportation - of coz you wont be entitled to claim for this damage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning pictures., 27 Jan 2011
This review is from: Sea The Stars: The World's Best Racehorse (Hardcover)
This was a gift for my Dad at christmas as men are always hard to buy for but he was absolutely thrilled with it when he opened it and gave him hours of entertainment. beautiful glossy pictures and great background detail into one of the worlds finest racehorses.
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