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The Byerley Turk: The True Story of the First Thoroughbred

The Byerley Turk: The True Story of the First Thoroughbred (Hardback)

By James, Jeremy

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This is the true story of the most remarkable horse in history. In 1678, a beautiful mahogany bay Karaman colt is foaled in a stable on a feudal landholding in the Balkans. Yet this is no ordinary colt: this is a colt with a destiny. He is destined to become the magnificent Byerl...ey Turk, the first Foundation Sire of the thoroughbred line. From his early days the young horse is hard-schooled in the disciplines of war. In 1683, in diamond and ruby-studded harness in the ranks of the glittering Ottoman sipahi, he fights as a charger at the Siege of Vienna. Seized as an exotic prize from the Siege of Buda three years later, he is ridden across Europe to the Royal Barracks of King James II in Hounslow, England, where he is acquired in 1687 by Captain Robert Byerley. In 1690, as a charger in the ranks of King William's army, he faces sabre and cannon at the Battle of the Boyne, but not before romping past the winning post at Downroyal and snatching the King's Plate. After two years of bitter campaigning in Ireland he is shipped back to England, where his owner, now Colonel of his regiment, retires him to Goldsborough Hall in Yorkshire. Here the horse is put to Stud and begins a long well-earned retirement. He died at the age of 25 in 1703. No stone marks his grave. Until now his story has never been told. But on racecourses throughout the world today, his blood thunders on.
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ISBN 9781873674765
Publisher Merlin Unwin Books
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781873674765
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Merlin Unwin Books
Imprint Merlin Unwin Books
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By James, Jeremy
Category True Stories
Horse Racing
Number of Pages 424
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 798.400929
Weight 750g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Equestrian & Animal Sports
ONIX Text General/trade