Peter Oborne

Not Lonely Cattle Sheds

A Year at the Races

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The British Stable

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FOR SOME REASON horse racing has a less distinguished literature than other great sports, for instance cricket or even Association Football. Writers have mainly been attracted to the seedier side of the game, but few – Damon Runyon is the notable exception – have really risen to the occasion. There is nothing in racing literature to match the incomparable R S Surtees, or for that matter Trollope, on the hunting field.

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