- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Coolmore Stud: Ireland's Greatest Sporting Success Story Hardcover – 26 Sep 2016
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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'.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book, it does exactly what it says on the tin good read great photos.Some harsh reviews from people who cannot read a book title its not a book about betting and if you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MURPH
terrible don't buy this, ultra repetitive and you won't learn anything you didn't know alreadyPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting book, enjoyable read. Excellent photographs.Published 5 months ago by Christine Davies
This book is a Christmas present for a friend, I am sure that she will be delighted with itPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer