A collection of stories published in the Racing Post featuring racing in 20 different countries across 6 continents. The instalments cover a period starting in 2008 and after each post there is an update on the current state of affairs. Of course some stories might be dated to in a year or two, but the inspiration will still be there and make it easy to check before any planned trips.
The pieces not only give you practical advice on how to get to the track, where to stay, and what other attractions you can find in the area, but you get an account of the writer’s visit. Some are to big venues like the Pegasus World Cup, but there are also some that most of us will never have heard of. Don’t miss our hero’s participation in a handicapping contest at Canterbury Downs. The ultimate in culture clashes. It is all written in a light, bantering tone, but there is no question that the author knows his business. The language is full of lots of fun quotes like: “Then again, a stammering singer with stage fright is probably outperforming the Spanish economy.”
The stories are also interspersed with interviews with all sorts of people. Officials, active participants, jockeys, trainers, and punters, giving a broad picture of the state of racing in a lot of different venues. The book is written in a light style and very readable. It serves as a handbook for racegoers worldwide. I will definitely keep my copy and use it to plan trips in the future.
reviewed Camilla Osterman