Steeplechasing: A Celebration of 250 Years

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Steeplechasing began in Co. Cork in 1752, when Edmund Blake bet Cornelius O'Callaghan a cask of wine that his hunter could beat the other's over a line of country from Buttevant Church Spire to the steeple of St Leger at Doneraile nearly five miles away. Thus 'steeplechasing' was born. Anne Holland's book celebrates the great moments in this sport's 250 year history by portraying steeplechasing's story thematically. She draws portraits of the sport's progress during the 19th century which saw, in 1839, the first running of the Grand National and brings evocative memories of steeplechasing and those characters who participated in it in the 20th century. Finally, she brings us into the 21st century with this year's Grand National which will take place on the 8th of April. Anecdotes, surprises, occasional contention and heart-warming memories, this lavishly illustrated book is a must for any steeplechasing fan, whether National Hunt devotees or occasional punters.

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Lovingly put together. (ALL SPORT MONTHLY)

This is a thoroughly enjoyable and well illustrated book. (IRELAND ON SUNDAY)

This well-produced book is a lovingly written tribute to the sport of steeplechasing. The author knows her subject well and she has ridden and won many point-to-points and has won under National Hunt Rules. (IRISH FIELD)

Anne Holland's racing books are always well-researched and written with passion. Her latest offering...is no exception. (RACING REVIEW)

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A celebration of the characters, equine and human, who for 250 years have contributed to the heroic sport of Steeplechasing.

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