Chris McGrath was racing correspondent at the Independent for seven years and has won multiple awards, including racing journalist of the year. This is his first book.

The book, Mr Darley’s Arabian is the story of racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional horses, it expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history.

With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very un-amused Queen Victoria), Mr Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings.

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