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Grey Magic: The Enigma of the Grey Thoroughbred (Anglais) Relié – 17 octobre 2005


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  • Relié: 208 pages
  • Editeur : Highdown (17 octobre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1905156154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156153
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,6 x 15,6 x 2,6 cm
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Peter Durward Harris le 1 décembre 2005
Format: Relié
This is not the definitive history of grey horses as details on the first 200 years (prior to The Tetrarch) are somewhat skimpy except for the chapter on Master Robert (the most recent common ancestor of all modern grey racehorses). While the author acclaims Master Robert as the important ancestor of modern grey racehorses, the really important ancestor is the Alcock Arabian, the grey Arab horse imported to Britain 100 years or so earlier, but the author doesn't say much about him and I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know about that horse.
Furthermore, my American friends will be disappointed to note that this book, the first ever published about the history of grey racehorses, is limited to those that were trained on the UK or which won English classic races. Thus, horses such as Native Dancer, Dancer's Image, Cozzene, Spectacular Bid, Lady's Secret, Skip Away and Holy Bull are not featured although some get brief mentions as sires of featured horses. Important French horses such as Linamix and his son, Sagamix are also missing. Having also read American racing books, I am sure that if an American had written this book, very few European horses would have been featured.
If you accept the limitations already described, you will find this to be a fascinating book that presents a different perspective on the history of racing from the usual (by races, by racecourses, by male lines or by female lines). In particular, the book confirms that genetics work in mysterious ways.
All 20th Century English classic winners are included along with other popular horses together with an arbitrary selection of lesser horses.
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An enjoyable, although disorganized history of grey British Thoroughbreds 8 juin 2014
Par E. A. Lovitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"Grey Magic" concentrates on grey British Thoroughbreds of the 20th and 21st centuries, all of whom derive their coat color from an obscure Irish stallion named Master Roberts (1811 - 18??). The author traces Master Robert's coloring back to a stallion known as the Alcock Arabian (among a wide variety of other names), brought to England in the early years of the 18th century. He sired the grey Crab (1722), who in turn sired a large number of grey mares. One of Crab's grey granddaughters was bred to the brilliant, undefeated racehorse, Eclipse and produced the grey mare Speranza, dam of the grey mare Bab, dam of an unnamed grey daughter by Sir Peter, winner of the 1787 Derby Stakes. This unnamed daughter of Sir Peter produced the grey filly Spinster who delivered the grey colt Master Robert to the cover of Buffer in the year 1811. This breeding eventually led to the male line of Herod in England and Ireland, where the author takes up his story again with Herod's great, grey grandson, The Tetrarch (1911 - 1931).

One of the problems that I had with "Grey Magic" is that the author tells his stories of grey Thoroughbreds, not in historical order, but rather alphabetically, which makes it a bit difficult to track the progress of grey Thoroughbreds through the 20th century. The Tetrarch, himself doesn't show up until 22 pages from book's end.

I was especially fond of the author's anecdotal style when describing the quirks and personalities of his grey Thoroughbreds. For instance, The Tetrarch "...was chesnut [sic] with black splotches when foaled, but by the time he was a yearling and had already demonstrated his ability to outrun the deer in the park, the chesnut [sic] had turned to iron grey and the splotches to white--it really looked a [sic] though someone had splashed him all over with a bucket of whitewash."

This anecdotal style fails to satisfy when the author embroiders around the edges of some of the great greys in this book, such as Desert Orchid, but does not go into detail when discussing their racing careers--possibly readers in Great Britain already know these details, and this is just an American reader's complaint.

One impression that I received from "Grey Magic" is that the Maktoums of Dubai are buying up large quantities of the famous Thoroughbred stud farms of England and Ireland, including the Gainsborough Stud, the Ballysheehan Stud, the Kildangan Stud, the Dunchurch Lodge Stud, the Someries Stud, and the Dalham Hall Stud.

Overall, this was an interesting book to potter around in, fishing out and enjoying the occasional anecdote about some of my favorite grey Thoroughbreds.
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A bit disappointing.... 19 juillet 2012
Par M. Kosloff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was very pleased when I learnt that Mr. Walker had written a book about grey thoroughbred horses. Yes, it is limited to Great Britain; yes it is limited to the 20th century. I understand that.

What I have a hard time understanding is that if space in this book is at such a premium, then why not concentrate on the horses? As nice as it is to read about the family relations of the owner of this horse, or the name of the stud (and whom it belonged to) of that horse - I did not buy this book to learn about the people who were somehow involved with those horses. I wanted to learn more about these horses, and see if the author perhaps had a theory about the performance of the horses, or found some link (other than colour).

I had hoped for something along the 'Ribot' book of John Aiscan, just for the greys in the UK.

It is not. It is a nice book, and if the reader knows, or is interested in, the little gems about the people who owned, rode, or bred the horses mentioned in the book, they will like it very much.
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Grey Magic not that magical 25 novembre 2009
Par Chris Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a long time racing historian I appreciate books like Grey Magic focusing on a smaller rarer niche within the breed. Some very good historical anecdotes here, but all too brief. I would definitely want to read more in depth research into the horses covered and some insight into each horse's character,disposition and physical traits. Its all too easy to describe what is apparent in the Racing Form (Timeform in Europe)and in produce records. A fine start at this study, but not as complete as it could have been. And what about Timarida ? A great grey filly in recent history !
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British grey (or gray) racehorses 19 septembre 2006
Par Peter Durward Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is not the definitive history of gray horses as details on the first 200 years (prior to The Tetrarch) are somewhat skimpy except for the chapter on Master Robert (the most recent common ancestor of all modern gray racehorses). While the author acclaims Master Robert as the important ancestor of modern gray racehorses, the really important ancestor is the Alcock Arabian, the gray Arab horse imported to Britain 100 years or so earlier, but the author doesn't say much about him and I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know about that horse.

Furthermore, my American friends will be disappointed to note that this book, the first ever published about the history of gray racehorses, is limited to those that were trained in the UK or which won English classic races. Thus, horses such as Native Dancer, Dancer's Image, Cozzene, Spectacular Bid, Lady's Secret, Skip Away and Holy Bull are not featured although some get brief mentions as sires of featured horses. Important French horses such as Linamix and his son Sagamix are also missing. Having also read American racing books, I am sure that if an American had written this book, very few European horses would have been featured.

If you accept the limitations already described, you will find this to be a fascinating book that presents a different perspective on the history of racing from the usual (by races, by racecourses, by male lines or by female lines). In particular, the book confirms that genetics work in mysterious ways.

All 20th Century English classic winners are included along with other popular horses together with an arbitrary selection of lesser horses. A few of these became important broodmares including Canton Silk (grand-dam of Barathea, the Breeders Cup winner) and Sunbittern (ancestress of several top European horses). I remember both those horses from their racing days but I didn't know they'd been so successful at stud. The book was up to date at the time of publication in 2005 - it includes Proclamation (winner at Glorious Goodwood) and Grey Swallow (winner of the Irish Derby and a member of Daylami's first crop of foals). Here is a list of the featured horses, each of which gets at least two pages with some getting more. English classic winners are starred.

Abelia, *Abermaid, Abernant, Absalom, *Airborne, Albanova, Alborada, Althrey Don, Alydaress, Anzio, Baron Blakeney, Birdbrook, *Bruni, *Caligula, Call Equiname, *Camaree, Canton Silk, Cassandra Go, Castle Moon, Caterina, Colonist II, Cry of Truth, Daylami, Desert Orchid, Dragonara Palace, Environment Friend, Erimo Hawk, Flying Wild, Further Flight, Grey Abbey, Grey Sovereign, Grey Swallow, Habat, *Hula Dancer, *Humble Duty, Indian Skimmer, Iris's Gift, Jojo, Kalaglow, Kribensis, *Mahmoud, Migoli, *Mr Jinks, Mumtaz Mahal, Myrobella, *Mystiko, Nicer, Nicolaus Silver, *Nocturnal Spree, One Man, Palariva, *Palestine, Pasty, Pelting, *Petite Etoile, Petong, Portlaw, Precipice Wood, Proclamation, Quorum, Raffingora, Right Boy, Roan Rocket, Rooster Booster, Royal Minstrel, Ruby Tiger, Runnymede, Saritamer, Secret Step, *Shadayid, Sharp Edge, Silken Glider, *Silver Patriarch, *Sleeping Partner, Sovereign Path, Stalbridge Colonist, *Sun Cup, Sunbittern, Suny Bay, Supreme Sovereign, *Tagalie, Tag End, *Taj Mah, Teeton Mill, Terimon, *Tetratema, The Callant, The Tertrarch, Town Crier, Vigo, Vilmorin, Warpath, What's up boys, Young Emperor ... and Master Robert.

This list brought back many memories for me. In some cases, I'd actually forgotten the horses were gray (easy to do if they are dark gray, therefore less conspicuous). Of the featured horses, I particularly enjoyed remembering Bruni, Canton Silk, Daylami, Desert Orchid, Dragonara Palace, Environment Friend, Erimo Hawk, Further Flight, Indian Skimmer, Kalaglow, One Man, Rooster Booster, Ruby Tiger, Sharp Edge, Sunbittern, Suny Bay and Teeton Mill, but your favourites may well differ from mine.

Despite the dominance of horses that raced in the last half-century, the biggest entries are for The Tertrarch (eight pages) and his daughter, Mumtaz Mahal (six pages). They played an important role in improving the quality of gray racehorses, who now seem to be more numerous and better than ever before. As the author acknowledges, without The Tetrarch, he could not have written this book. However, it may be in time that Native Dancer (the American horse) may be even more important to the survival of grays on the racecourse. His colour traces back via four mares to Roi Herode, sire of The Tetrarch.

Not all of my favourite grays are featured. The first gray that I became a big fan of was The Go-Between (a son of the featured horse Runnymede) who was a very fast two-year-old. My other favourites included Scallywag (a horse who had difficulty entering the stalls), King Midas (a Cambridgeshire winner), Grey Sombrero (a high-class long-distance steeplechaser) and Grey Mirage (whose own racing career was cut short by injury and who is now more famous as the sire of Desert Orchid). Some of these get mentioned briefly in the book. Another horse that only gets a brief mention is Flockton Grey (a son of the featured horse Dragonara Palace) who was involved in a ringer case in 1982, one of the biggest betting scandals in British racing in modern times, but that story has been told in detail in other books.

If you enjoy racing and have a soft spot for grays, you'll love this book especially if you are familiar with these horses. Perhaps this book will inspire an American writer to do a book about American gray horses.
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