The official biography of one of Ireland’s most famous racing families. Twenty members of the immediate Kinane family from Tipperary have been jockeys: and one a world champion!
The Kinanes - stalwarts of Irish racing
Regarded by many as the perfect jockey, Mick Kinane rounded off his thirty-four-year career on a dazzling high with champion horse Sea The Stars, winning the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2009.
However, Mick is just one member of several generations of Kinanes who have consistently excelled in professional horse racing: through grit, talent and a legendary work ethic.
The backbone of Irish racing over the past fifty years, this is the story of a clan that includes National Hunt jockey Tommy, who won the Champion Hurdle on Monksfield and who once won a race despite a broken neck, and his sons Thomas, Jayo, Paul and of course Mick. The family has its roots in simpler and indeed harder times; this book tracks their rise to the pinnacle of their sport on the world stage.
Illustrated with family and racing photographs.
'a heart-warming story of a family who worked their way up from humble beginnings to worldwide fame, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read'
'if you are a fan of horse racing then look no further than Kinane, Anne Holland’s book about the famous racing family'
'a cracking read'
'remarkable story illustrates the backbone of Irish racing'
'exhaustive and impressive'
'a heartening story of a family who succeeded by combining natural talent with hard work'
'lovingly researched book ... contains some wonderful colour photographs and a helpful family tree and would delight any flat or jump racing enthusiast.'
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