Eclipse by Nicholas Clee

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A chestnut with a white blaze is scorching across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel.

While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants include Secretariat, Barbaro, and all but three of the Kentucky Derby winners of the past fifty years.


About Nicholas Clee

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NICHOLAS CLEE is a journalist and racing enthusiast. He is also the author of Don't Sweat the Aubergine.
Published March 29, 2012 by Overlook. 351 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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In this colorful history, British journalist Clee (Don’t Sweat the Aubergine) argues that Eclipse “is the most influential stallion in the history of the Thoroughbred,” pointing out that “all but thre

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The Independent

He meant something precise: that the horse Eclipse would pass the finishing post before the others had reached the distance marker, so they would get no position and the only horse placed would be Eclipse, the winner.

Mar 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Eclipse

The Telegraph

Cumberland, in whose stables Eclipse was .

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