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Better Than Sex: My Autobiography - Mick Fitzgerald

Not a boastful review of his own book. The title actually refers to Mick’s famous quote to Des Lynam after he was asked what it was like to win The Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996. In recent years I have become quite the fan of Jockey autobiogs and MF’s doesn’t disappoint. Contained within are some great insights into how jockeys approach and devise tactics, and riding styles depending on a particular horse for the big jumps courses like Cheltenham and Kempton, as well as some great stuff about how jumps horses are schooled over fences when in training and what goes into the training of a horse throughout the year long season especially when a year’s worth of training can focus entirely on just one big race.

Lots of weigh room anecdotes cut through with the kind of deadpan humour that is de rigour when your occupation is the only one in the world in which an ambulance follows you around for every second you are working. The only downside was that the book ended abruptly on my Kindle at 75% as there was a huge list of Mick’s thousand plus winners before the index. The big feckin’ show off! Top book by one of the best!
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Have you heard of Neil Morrice Dock? Father of a rather posh friend of mine

Meant to be the bees knees in the world racing reporting and tipping
Frazier Cranium

I would be really keen on a horse racing autobiography, by the horse.

In fairness, this sounds okay too.
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Have you heard of Neil Morrice Dock? Father of a rather posh friend of mine

Meant to be the bees knees in the world racing reporting and tipping


I've heard of him and read him before. Just googled him. Sounds like he knows his stuff. Personally I've never been one for tipping. Love the great racing writers but as for tipping unless it's direct from a trainer or a jockey I'm not interested. I back my own judgement with horses, always have always will. Just googled NM and it seems he has a Twitter account so I'll follow him. My personal favourite racing writers are Alan Lee of The Times, Chris Cook of The Guardian, and Alistair Downs in The Racing Post. Plus the must-read weekly columns by jockeys like Richard Hughes, Kieren Fallon, and AP McCoy's column in The Telegraph.

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