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York’s Great Races

By Steve Carroll

York’s Great Races is a spellbinding history of York’s magnificent racecourse, focusing on the big meetings, the top horses and best-known personalities. The book takes the pretext of a season at York’s world famous Knavesmire course, charting the early days and defining events around the venue’s great races; the Dante Stakes, Musidora Stakes, Yorkshire Cup, Magnet/John Smith's Cup, Benson & Hedges/International Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Nunthorpe Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes, Great Voltigeur Stakes, Lonsdale Cup, Ebor Handicap.

Along with this, it covers Royal Ascot at York and the St Leger at York 1945 and 2006. Also examined are track and stand developments through the years and a look forward to what the future may have in store. The book is lavishly illustrated with pictures from York Racecourse and the archives of The Press and Yorkshire Evening Press. York’s Great Races offers a unique focus on the horses who have ensured York's place in turf history and reputation at the centre of the sport of kings. Paperback, 256 pages.

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