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Right Royal

John Masefield

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ISBN 10: 1906122601 / ISBN 13: 9781906122607
Published by Merlin Unwin Books, 2013
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Right Royal

Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Right Royal is an irresistible racing ballad, written by former Poet Laureate John Masefield, about a dream which turned into a feat of madness: a folly familiar to many in the world of gambling! The poem was first published in 1920 and two years later a new edition was brought out, illustrated by Cecil Aldin.It has not been back in print as a single volume in the UK until now. The action of the poem centres on Charles Cothill, the main character of the story, who enters his steeplechaser Right Royal for the English Chasers Cup, a race with obvious parallels to the Grand National. It is run over four and a half miles and features formidable fences. Right Royal has earned a reputation for being ungenerous and temperamental, with remote prospects. But on the night before the race, Cothill dreams that the horse will win and the haunting line echoes throughout the poem: It s my day today I shall not have another... The whole of the poem draws the reader in to the rash stake the young love-lorn jockey puts on his horse, and captures all the thrill of the races as the enthralling events of the day unfold. A tale of exhilaration and heartbreak, folly and love, this is a spell-binding piece of flowing writing by one of Britain s finest poets. Cecil Aldin s masterful illustrations beautifully capture all the heightened emotions of horse racing. Foreword by Miles Napier.

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Miles Napier is a former handicapper under Jockey Club and National Hunt Rules. He is the author of books on bloodstock breeding and racing. For over forty years a contributor to the Irish Field, he also wrote articles for The South African Racehorse, Owner-Breeder (California), Hoof Beats (New Zealand). He lectured at the National Stud, and is a member of the Elite Racing Club. Miles lives in Lincolnshire with his wife Mary.

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