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Coolmore Stud: Ireland's Greatest Sporting Success Story Hardcover – 26 Sep 2016

4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd; 1 edition (26 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781174555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781174555
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Alan Conway was horse-racing correspondent for sportsnewsireland.com from 2009-2012. His work has appeared in the 'Sunday Business Post', 'Club Rugby Magazine' and 'Club GAA Magazine'. He is also the co-author of 'Running Through Walls: The Dave Langan Story'.

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Unfortunately I cannot join in in all the positive reviews about the book, in fact I think they are slightly missleading.

While there is no denying that the Author is very enthusiastic about his subject (in fact the last chapter is called "What Coolmore means to me") this does not mean that he does provide any real inside into the gigantic operation that is called Coolmore Stud. The provided facts are more than commonly known to any racing fan with slightly more than a passing interest (and I wonder if anybody else or the guy who likes to have a bet on "Nr. 1 in the 3rd" would go on and buy this book?!) , horse names are sprinkled all over the shop with no real system (and to add to the irritation are all printed in italic letters (why??)) but solid facts or even a critical background is few and far between.
If you love racing, there is nothing whatsoever new in this book, and if you are only a gambler, this is not for you anyway.
The second star is for the photos only, and I really cannot recommend this book at all. Which is a shame, as a solid work on this clearly fascinating stud is sorely misssing in horse racing literature; then again, Coolmore will know why this is the case.
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For anyone wanting to get a good insight and historical review of the Coolmore operation, this is a good place to start; after all I don't know of another publication on the subject. Some of the original players (human and equine) have had books written about them; e.g. Vincent O'Brien, Nijinsky, Northern Dancer, and Robert Sangster. Indeed, it is the book on Robert Sangster - Horsetrader: Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings, that I keep referring back to and thinking is a far better overview of the thoroughbred and bloodstock industry, albeit back in the 1990s, than Mr Conway's, which I found more of a series of articles: Jockeys, People, Trainers, Stallions,... some of which had individual chapters, and others grouped together.

I prefer the chronological/historical narrative of Horsetrader, where the cast are discussed at the time they are on the stage. I don't want Lester appearing (again) on page 200 in the 'Jockeys' chapter. That said it is nice to look at the racing and stud records of stallions like Galileo or Danehill in a single chapter, although I find it hard to think why a book which is essentially about a stud, has no pedigree charts. Surely the first thing you want to see under a chapter heading of say Galileo, is his pedigree! That said, the pictures and photography are excellent throughout the book.

What we really need is a book on: The Stallions of Coolmore, starting with an introduction on one of the main reasons why Coolmore are so successful; Northern Dancer, then down the line through Sadler's Wells, Galileo, Montjeu, Danehill, and so on. Now that would be something, and we could even have a page with a 5 or 6 generations pedigree chart on each!
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My wife and I were lucky enough to spend a half day at the amazing Coolmore Stud in 2006, so I was very much looking forward to reading this book.

Whilst admiring Mr Conway's enthusiasm for the subject,there is little in the way of original research here and in the end I felt rather let down.

If he had managed to sit down with Magnier/O'Brien/Smith/Tabor then the book would have been far more interesting.On the plus side it is full of colour photographs of all the Coolmore legends.
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It has been really strange reading this book as it kind of reflects my way of how I feel about coolmore / ballydoyle . I first started to take an interest when Golden Fleece won the Epsom Derby and it obviously wavered late eighties/ early nineties. I was fortunate to have a personal tour around Dalham Hall Stud at this time and my appetite for the breeding side of the thoroughbred horse was truly ignited. I also look forward to the start of each season to see what horses are in training with the Master of Ballydoyle and trying to research the bloodlines of these possible future champions. Its been hard to put the book down at times, but we all need sleep and have to work lol. Keep up the good work
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Well written and beautifully illustrated book. Absolutely delighted with it
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I bought this for a christmas present.
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my boyfriend thinks its a good book.
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Love teh book
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