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Genius Genuine A Fine Part in Riding a Race, Known Only to the Author. Why There Are So Few Good Runners; or, Why the Turf Horses Degenerate. A Guide to Recover Them to Their Strength & Speed; As Well As to Train Horses For Running, and Hunters and Hacks For Hard Riding. To Preserve Their Strength and Their Sinews From Being So Often Destroyed; With Reasons for Horses Changing in Their Running; Likewise a Full Account of the Prince's Horse Escape Running at Newmarket on the 20th and 21st Days of October, 1791, with Other Interesting Particulars.

By Samuel Chifney

1804

Henry Angel : London

8.5" by 5.5"

ii, [2pp], 127pp, [8pp]

 

 

 

DETAILS

The second edition of Samuel Chifney's account of the scandal surrounding the Prince's horse Escape in a run at Newmarket in 1791.

The second edition of this work. This work documents a scandal which the author, Samuel Chifney, was involved in, In 1790, Chifney was made a 'rider for life' for the Prince of Wales, the future George IV. In the following year, Chifney raced the Prince's horse, Escape, at a race in Newmarket, where he came fourth and last in the race. The next day, at better betting odds, Chifney ran Escape again, and won the race. Suspicion were raised that Chifney has held back Escape in the first run in order to raise the bets and get a better price prize for his next run. He was summoned before the Jockey Club, who didn't accept his explanation that his horse has needed to run the first race in order to 'clear his pipes' before the second. The people at the Jockey Club told the Prince that he wouldn't be able to use Chifney again as no-one would race against him, and so Chifney lost his job. Chifney published the first edition of this book in 1795, recounting the scandal alongside other advice and anecdotes on horse-racing. This second edition was published in 1804. Publisher's ads to the rear.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's pebbled cloth binding. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of the spine. Minor loss to the tail of the spine. Light discolouration to the spine, and minor marking to the boards. Rear hinge is starting but firm. Internally, generally firmly bound, though strained in places. Pages are bright with the odd scattered spot.

Overall Condition: Good

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