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Coolmore Stud: Ireland's Greatest Sporting Success Story

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    Alan Conway(Author)
The inside story of the greatest horse-breeding operation in Ireland is now available in paperback. Nestled in a quiet part of County Tipperary, Coolmore Stud casts as long a shadow as any sporting entity over the history of Irish sport. Founded by the legendary horse trainer Vincent O'Brien, and now managed by John Magnier, Coolmore Stud has grown from a small breeding farm into a global behemoth, renowned the world over for the quality of the horses it produces. Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Using the stories of the people involved, including the legendary Syndicate of Magnier, O'Brien and Robert Sangster, and of the famous horses it has produced, such as the legendary 'Sadler's Wells', his sons 'Galileo' and 'Montjeu', and the mighty 'Danehill', this book charts the rise of one of Ireland's greatest sporting success stories.

Alan Conway was horse-racing correspondent for sportsnewsireland.com from 2009-2012. His work has appeared in the 'Sunday Business Post', 'Club Rugby Magazine' and 'Club GAA Magazine'. He is also the co-author of 'Running Through Walls: The Dave Langan Story'.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Alan Conway(Author)
  • The Mercier Press Ltd (17 Feb. 2017)
  • English
  • 3
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games
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  • By Catrin Nack on 2 December 2016

    Unfortunately I cannot join in in all the positive reviews about the book, in fact I think they are slightly missleading.While there is no denying that the Author is very enthusiastic about his subject (in fact the last chapter is called "What Coolmore means to me") this does not mean that he does provide any real inside into the gigantic operation that is called Coolmore Stud. The provided facts are more than commonly known to any racing fan with slightly more than a passing interest (and I wonder if anybody else or the guy who likes to have a bet on "Nr. 1 in the 3rd" would go on and buy this book?!) , horse names are sprinkled all over the shop with no real system (and to add to the irritation are all printed in italic letters (why??)) but solid facts or even a critical background is few and far between.If you love racing, there is nothing whatsoever new in this book, and if you are only a gambler, this is not for you anyway.The second star is for the photos only, and I really cannot recommend this book at all. Which is a shame, as a solid work on this clearly fascinating stud is sorely misssing in horse racing literature; then again, Coolmore will know why this is the case.

  • By Chris Prime on 9 February 2017

    It has been really strange reading this book as it kind of reflects my way of how I feel about coolmore / ballydoyle . I first started to take an interest when Golden Fleece won the Epsom Derby and it obviously wavered late eighties/ early nineties. I was fortunate to have a personal tour around Dalham Hall Stud at this time and my appetite for the breeding side of the thoroughbred horse was truly ignited. I also look forward to the start of each season to see what horses are in training with the Master of Ballydoyle and trying to research the bloodlines of these possible future champions. Its been hard to put the book down at times, but we all need sleep and have to work lol. Keep up the good work

  • By BB Newman on 23 November 2016

    I have not yet finished reading this book but so far I have found it beautifully written and very informative. The photographs are excellent. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the world of Thoroughbreds.

  • By John Mawson on 25 July 2017

    this give a good insight in the way the stud had been developed and the thoughts behind the breeding involved

  • By advocaat on 13 March 2017

    Well written and beautifully illustrated book. Absolutely delighted with it

  • By Sue Lis on 10 August 2017

    Recipient was delighted with this book.

  • By Mary Ena Pyle on 23 August 2017

    Fascinating read with great insights into the racing world. Not 5* as layout causes a bit much repetition

  • By Michael White on 25 August 2017

    Fully met my expectations - beautifully written and packed with information

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