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An Ounce of Luck
Russell, John with Craven, John,
ISBN: 1920910867
Bas Publishing, Seaford, Victoria, 2008. First Edition
 Soft Cover Soft Cover. Very Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. Preface by John Craven, foreword by Bart Cummings. Between pages 176 and 177 there are 16 pages of colour and black-and-white photographs. Colour photographic paperback binding with gilt and white coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. John Russell was plucked from obscurity as a phantom broadcaster of horse races in his home town of Warrnambool, by the then doyen of horse racing callers Bert Bryant, to join him on Melbourne radio 3UZ and then on to Sky Channel. In this book he relates 54 years " ... in a brutally tough profession where the highs and lows were trumped by a stimulating international lifestyle John the wildest dreams of most punters." from the rear panel blurb. At the rear of the book is a audio disc which includes the author's calls of the Stawell Gift (foot race). A previous owner has placed numerous newspaper cuttings in relation to either horseracing or to the author. Minor rubbing of the book edges and panels; and very light age toning of the text block edges. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [6], 7 - 286 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Horse Racing; Australia; Sports & Pastimes. ISBN: 1920910867. ISBN/EAN: 9781920910860. Inventory No: 0129309. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0129309  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Australian Horse Racing; A Racegoer's Companion to the Australian Turf. Australian Horse Racing; A Racegoer's Companion to the Australian Turf
Pollard, Jack Editor,
ISBN: 0207154678
Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, New South Wales, 1988. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. Acknowledgements, Foreword By Author, How to Use This Book, glossary of racing terms, bibliography, picture acknowledgements and index of names. Olive coloured end pages. The text is illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Pale olive coloured boards with white coloured titles to the backstrip. Colour photographic dustwrapper with red and black coloured titles to the front panel and black coloured titles to the backstrip. A dictionary / companion on the Australian racing industry as it was in the late 1980s personalities, trainers, jockeys, owners etc., and of course the horses. Also history of horse racing in Australia is also given. Rubbing of the backstrip edges and book corners. Some sun and to the backstrip edges with age toning of the text block edges and pages. A previous owner has placed numerous newspaper clippings in the book. Rubbing of the dustwrapper edges and panels with some sunning to the backstrip. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. [5], VI - X, 752, [6] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia; ISBN: 0207154678. ISBN/EAN: 9780207154676. Inventory No: 0129388. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Very Good Condition
Price: $61.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0129388  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Black Caviar; The Horse of a Lifetime
Whateley, Gerard,
ISBN: 073333136X
ABC Books, Sydney, 2012. Reprint
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. Reprint. A Word from the Owners, A Word from the Trainer Peter Moody, race statistics, notes and acknowledgements and index. Illustrated endpapers being a reproduction of the silks that the Jockey war when riding Black Caviar salmon coloured background with black dots. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece of black Caviar. Black-and-white photographs throughout and between pages 198 and 199 there are 16 pages of colour photography. Salmon coloured boards with black coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Black coloured place marker with frayed ends. Colour photographic dustwrapper with white and salmon coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. When thoroughbred racing horse Black Caviar retired she had an enviable winning streak 22 races for 22 wins including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. How a hulking, injury prone filly became the fastest horse on earth this is her story. A little rubbing of the book corners and back strip corners with uniform age toning of the text block edges and pages. A hint of rubbing to the dustwrapper edges and panels. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [6], VII - VIII, [2] 390 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia; Modern; ISBN: 073333136X. ISBN/EAN: 9780733331367. Inventory No: 0125370. Very Good Condition
Price: $11.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0125370  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Black Caviar; The Horse of a Lifetime
Whateley, Gerard,
ISBN: 073333136X
ABC Books, Sydney, 2012. Reprint
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. Reprint. A Word from the Owners, A Word from the Trainer Peter Moody, race statistics, notes and acknowledgements and index. Illustrated endpapers being a reproduction of the silks that the Jockey war when riding Black Caviar salmon coloured background with black dots. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece of black Caviar. Black-and-white photographs throughout and between pages 198 and 199 there are 16 pages of colour photography. Salmon coloured boards with black coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Black coloured place marker with frayed ends. Colour photographic dustwrapper with white and salmon coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. When thoroughbred racing horse Black Caviar retired she had an enviable winning streak 22 races for 22 wins including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. How a hulking, injury prone filly became the fastest horse on earth this is her story. A little rubbing of the book corners and back strip corners with uniform age toning of the text block edges and pages. A hint of rubbing to the dustwrapper edges and panels. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [6], VII - VIII, [2] 390 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia; Modern; ISBN: 073333136X. ISBN/EAN: 9780733331367. Inventory No: 0128899. Very Good Condition
Price: $11.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0128899  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Class racehorses of Australia & New Zealand 1985-9086 volume 3
Arrold, Tony & Harding, Mark & Lambert, Max & Ulbrich, Richard & Young, Les,
Australian Associated Press, Sydney, 1986. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. indexed both to featured horses, and to group races. Illustrated with colour plates, tables, and statistics. This edition continues a series that was inaugurated after the 1983-4 racing season to provide a handsome, permanent record of the deeds of the most distinguished racehorses competing in Australia and New Zealand. Is a book of records this annual publication provides timely, relevant data for all interested in the racing industry. Dust jacket blurb Clean copy, no damage to describe. The dustjacket is slightly faded across the top and left-hand side of the front panel. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [10], 511, [7,] pages . please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sociology & Culture; Horse Racing; Australia; Animals & Birds. Inventory No: 0268736. THIS BOOK WILL INCUR EXTRA POST OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA, BECAUSE IT WILL WEIGH OVER 1 Kg WITH PACKAGING, PLEASE ENQUIRE BEFORE ORDERING. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0268736  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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National Velvet
Bagnold, Enid,
Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1951. Reprint
 Softcover Softcover. Good/. Illustrator: Laurian Jones. Reprint. The text is illustrated with black and white line drawings by Laurian Jones. Black and white photograph of author to the rear book panel. Plain text paperback binding with black coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Mi Taylor, a former jockey mentors a young girl, Velvet Brown, to groom a wild horse to win England's Grand National steeplechase, in a time when girls / women weren't allowed to be jockeys. Minor creasing of the book corners with chipping of the backstrip corners; with a small, 0.25", split to the lower edge of the rear panel. Rubbing of the book edges and panels with sunning also present. Tanning of the textblock edges and pages. Size: 12mo (standard paperback). 254, [2] pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Laurian Jones. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Teens & Young Adult; Horse Racing; Illustration; Inventory No: 0129855. Good
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0129855  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Phar Lap
Armstrong, Geoff & Thompson, Peter,
ISBN: 1865083461
Allen &? Unwin, Sydney, 2002. First Edition
 Hardcover (Laminated Illustrated Boards) Hardcover (Laminated Illustrated Boards). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: photographs & statistics. First Edition. a clean second-hand copy, the bottom edge of the front board has a slight dent/bump halfway along, internally clean, no annotations. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and some colour plates that have been reproduced from artwork. There is a further reading list & index. Glossary. Racing statistics. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. 256 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: photographs & statistics. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Animals & Birds; Horse Racing; Australia; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 1865083461. ISBN/EAN: 9781865083469. Inventory No: 0282533. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0282533  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Phar Lap; The Story Of The Big Horse
Carter, Isabel,
ISBN: 0701801026
Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1971. Revised and Expanded
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. Revised and Expanded. Introduction by author, acknowledgements, Phar Lap's race record and note. Bright orange coloured and pages. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Blue coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Photographic dustwrapper (wraparound) with white coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. This is the story of a phenomenal racehorse, bred in New Zealand, raced in Australia and America to great acclaim in the 1930s; and, died under mysterious circumstances in America were my talking about? Phar Lap, known to one and all as Big Red. Rubbing of the book panels with a little softening of the backstrip edges and rubbing of the book corners. Age toning and some foxing to the textblock edges and pages. A previous owner has placed numerous newspaper clippings at the rear of the book. Some rubbing of the dustwrapper edges and panels with a few marks to the verso of the dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [10], 166 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia; 1930s; ISBN: 0701801026. ISBN/EAN: 9780701801021. Inventory No: 0129376. Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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Racing in Art
Fairley, John,
ISBN: 0719547237
John Murray, London, 1990. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. binding tight and square no damage, with matching dust wrapper. In this book the author presents the masterpieces of horseracing art, and describes in his readable text the evolutional of one of the great traditions of painting. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Art & Design; Horse Racing; Sports & Pastimes. ISBN: 0719547237. ISBN/EAN: 9780719547232. Inventory No: 0272522. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia.. Very Good Condition
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
Book Number: 0272522  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Racing with Rising Fast
Spring, Leicester R.,
ISBN: 0340157720
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, Auckland and London, 1971. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. Introduction by author, list of illustrations and appendix. The text is illustrated with black and white photographs. Blue coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Photographic dustwrapper with black coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Black and white photograph of author to the rear panel. The story of the New Zealand bred horse Rising Fast from the owner's point of view; the highs and the lows the highs being the winner of the Melbourne Cup (and very nearly a 2nd), and two Caulfield Cups. The lows being a controversial disqualification in New Zealand and the ever present danger of injury to the horse. Softening of the lower backstrip edge with rubbing and slight pumping of the book corners. Tanning and foxing of the text block edges with lighter tanning of the pages. Offset tanning and some marks to the end pages. A previous owner has placed newspaper clippings to the rear of the book. Chipping of the dustwrapper corners and backstrip edges. There is some creasing of the dustwrapper edges with quite noticeable rubbing of the panels. Fading of the backstrip with foxing of the boulder over panels and verso of the dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [4], 5 - XIII, [1] 171, [3] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia / New Zealand; ISBN: 0340157720. ISBN/EAN: 9780340157725. Inventory No: 0129377. Good Condition
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
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Silks and Sulkies; The Complete Book of Australian and New Zealand Harness Racing
Agnew, Max,
ISBN: 0868242454
Doubleday, Lane Cove, New South Wales, 1986. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. Acknowledgements, foreword by John Peck, Chief Executive, Australian Harness Racing Council, Introduction by Author, Index and Sources of Illustrations. Red coloured end pages. The text is illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs, some of coloured photos are of various horses winning races, black-and-white illustrations, cartoons, reproductions of documents. Red coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Colour photographic dustwrapper with red, white and black coloured titles to the front panel and red and black coloured titles to the backstrip. The title does say at all; a history of harness racing both trotting and pacing in Australia and New Zealand. The author goes into the history of how harness racing came to Australasia, the pioneers and identities behind the sports; and, of course, the horses. Minor rubbing of the backstrip corners and book corners. Some foxing to the first few and last few pages of the book. Age toning to the textblock edges with some fine foxing and stains text edge. Rubbing to the dustwrapper edges and panels. The front right-hand edge of the front panel has become a little "bubbled". Foxing to the verso. Size: Landscape Octavo. [5], 6 - 320 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Harness Racing; Australia / New Zealand; ISBN: 0868242454. ISBN/EAN: 9780868242453. Inventory No: 0129330. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Very Good Condition
Price: $61.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0129330  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Master: A Personal Portrait Of Bart Cummings
Carlyon, Les,
ISBN: 174261051X
Macmillan, Sydney, 2011. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: photography. First Edition. there is a 1 inch tear at the bottom left of the spine section of the dustjacket top now projected. Hardcover binding has no damage, the dark green place marker ribbon has no damage, the book is clean and free of any annotation, no marks. Includes a select bibliography, index, and profusely illustrated with both black-and-white and colour plates celebrating the life of this amazing man, who won 12 Melbourne cups, and yet, had a laconic wit and indifference to the trappings of wealth and fame. A gentleman The Master Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. VIII, 344 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: photography. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Horse Racing; Australia; ISBN: 174261051X. ISBN/EAN: 9781742610511. Inventory No: 0270989. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia.. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0270989  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Pictorial History of Australian Horse Racing
Pollard, Jack,
ISBN: 0600041425
Paul Hamlyn, Sydney, 1971. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographs and Illustrations. First Edition. Acknowledgements, preface by author and index. Photographic end pages showing an early photograph of horseracing in Melbourne. The text is illustrated with copious black-and-white cartoons, illustrations and black and white and coloured photographs of various horses, personalities and venues for horseracing in Australia. Blue coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Photographic / illustrated dustwrapper with blue coloured titles to the front panel and white coloured titles to the backstrip. Black and white photograph of author to the rear fold over panel. Title says it all. Rubbing of the backstrip edges and of the book corners. The book shows marks and rubs with age toning to the textblock edges and pages. Foxing and stains to the textblock edges. Offset tanning to the end pages. Some rubbing of the dustwrapper edges and panels with foxing to the rear panel and to the verso of the dustwrapper. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. [5], 6 - 320 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographs and Illustrations. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sports & Pastimes; Horse Racing; Australia; ISBN: 0600041425. ISBN/EAN: 9780600041429. Inventory No: 0129319. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0129319  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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White Hope
Murray, Frances,
ISBN: 0340229942
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1978. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Gareth Floyd Cover Art. First Edition. Green coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Colour illustrated dustwrapper, by Gareth Lloyd, with ochre and black coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. The story of young Chas Bentinck, who, when he saw a line of racing horses being exercised was determined to become a jockey. But his parents are against his chosen career, his physical disability; and, not to mention a gang of ruthless ne'er-do-wells who wish to "nobble" the favourite (White Hope and bracket from winning the race. Softening and sunning to the backstrip edges, with sunning of the top edges and rubbing of the lower edges. The pages themselves are clean tight and bright. There has been a printing fault where the front paste-down has been replicated and is only attached at the top edge. Previous owners name to the top edge of this particular page. A little creasing of the dustwrapper edge rubbing of the panels. Sunning to the rear panel. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [8], 9 - 124, [2] pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Gareth Floyd Cover Art. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Teens & Young Adult; Horse Racing; Britain/UK; 1970s; ISBN: 0340229942. ISBN/EAN: 9780340229941. Inventory No: 0128010. Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0128010  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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