The Complete Guide to the Greatest Foreign Racecourses
By Alan Shuback
Publisher: DRF Press-December 2008
Hardcover, 384 pages
This book is the first of its kind to evaluate and dissect racecourses from 15 different countries including racing ovals in Argentina, Chile, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and several others. Handicappers learn how to interpret Racing Post Ratings, class structure, racecourse configuration, racecourse ratings, and the key race and key horse methods used successfully by the author. The handicapper and foreign racing enthusiast also learns which trainers and owners are most adept at shipping horses with winning chances to America.
Whether you're situated in Saratoga or Santa Anita, playing abroad, or planning a trip overseas, Shuback's title is a must-have for the foreign racing fan. One-of-a-kind exclusive coverage of 114 international racetracks including racecourses in Britain, France, Ireland, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.
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About the Author: Alan Shuback has been Daily Racing Form's foreign correspondent since 1993. A graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied journalism and music, Shuback first ventured to England in 1983 for a racing holiday at Ascot and Goodwood. A 1985 trip to Paris introduced him to the charms of Longchamp and Chantilly. In 1990, he joined the staff of The Racing Times, where he developed the double past-performance line for foreign horses that is now employed by Daily Racing Form. He was the American correspondent and columnist for the British racing daily The Sporting Life and the New York representative of the International Racing Bureau from 1992-1998. A resident of New York City, he is a co-author of DRF Press's Bet with the Best books and has covered races in Britain, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, and Argentina.
Praise for Global Racing
"Global Racing is one part travelogue, one part history primer, and one part handicapping tool that will challenge fans to dig deeper when analyzing global shippers as they invade North America. The course descriptions are extremely thorough, and Shuback's natural passion for the subject, and extensive research on the subject matter, absolutely leaps off each page. The book inspired me to take a trip to the Curragh for the 2009 Irish St. Leger, and I was aided greatly by the information presented within its chapters. A must-read!"
- Dan Illman, Daily Racing Form
"Global Racing...is one of the most useful US-oriented international racing guides so far, as it covers all three angles: bettors who need to handicap foreign imports to America, horsemen who want to send their horses to foreign races, and racing fans who want to take a trip overseas."
- Cindy Pierson Dulay, horseracing.about.com
Chapter 1: GREAT BRITAIN
Newmarket (Rowley Mile)
Newmarket (July Course)
Ayr, Bath, Beverley, Brighton, Chepstow, Folkestone, Great Leighs, Leicester,
Newcastle, Nottingham, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Salisbury, Thirsk, Warwick,
Windsor, Wolverhampton, Aintree, Cheltenham
Chapter 2: FRANCE
Cagnes-sur-Mer, Clairefontaine, Compiegne, Fontainebleau, Lyon-Parilly, Vichy, Auteuil, the South of France
Chapter 3: IRELAND
Cork, Gowran Park, Laytown, Naas, Tipperary, Festival Meetings, Northern Ireland, and Dundalk
Chapter 4: GERMANY
Other Courses: Bremen, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Hoppegarten
Chapter 5: ITALY
Chapter 6: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Nad Al Sheba
Other Courses: Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, Sharjah, Meydan
Chapter 7: JAPAN
Other JRA Courses: Chukyo, Niigata, Fukushima, Kokura, Sapporo, Hakodate
The National Association of Racing: Ohi, Kawasaki, Funabashi
Chapter 8: HONG KONG and TURKEY
Chapter 9: ARGENTINA
Chapter 10: BRAZIL
Chapter 11: CHILE
Chapter 12: AUSTRALIA
Other Courses: Caulfield, Moonee Valley, Randwick, Rosehill
Chapter 13: NEW ZEALAND
Other courses: Hastings, Riccarton Park, Te Rapa, Trentham