We can all be guilty of missing out on a good book. If you have yet to read Eclipse by Nicholas Clee, I recommend you do so. It is a fascinating true life tale well told. It teaches us racing fans and punters that great racehorses existed long before Brigadier Gerard, Nijinsky, Sea the Stars, Kauto Star and Frankel.
What was the claim to fame of the thoroughbred racehorse called Eclipse?
Would we have enjoyed much more recent stars of the track had there never been Eclipse?
Did punters bet on horses in the 18th century?
Take a minute to watch this short video interview in which Nicholas Clee educates me about Eclipse and assures me that we punters are not a new breed.
His book called Eclipse was in the final six for the 2009 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. So by now you should be able to pick up a copy on the cheap.