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Life On The Racing Rollercoaster
With a mother who adored anything on four legs and a father who would punt on the proverbial two flies up a wall, the author was destined (or doomed?) to be a horse racing tragic from the moment he was born. Having watched his first Melbourne Cup as a pre-schooler and attending his first race meeting in his early teens, racing became an obsession at a young age, so it was only natural that he would ultimately progress to the biggest commitment of all, owning a share in a racehorse. From that point on, his life was never going to be the same.
There are many great books that chronicle the careers of horse racing legends, both of the equine and human variety, but this is not one of them. Instead, Life on the Racing Rollercoaster is the often humorous, sometimes emotional, and always entertaining tale of a group of small time owners, as they ride the peaks and troughs of the thoroughbred racing game. This is their story, of racing triumph and heartbreak, told through the eyes of a racing fanatic, who probably (definitely!) takes it all way too seriously.
Whether you are a prospective racehorse owner who is wondering what you’re getting yourself into, an existing participant who has been there and done that, a trainer who ponders the baffling thought processes of those who pay the bills, or just a lover of sport who’s fond of a good yarn, Life on the Racing Rollercoaster should provide an amusing and honest insight into the highs and lows of the ‘Sport of Kings’.
ANTONY SURACE is a lover of all sports, with a particular fondness for the ‘Sport of Kings’. Having had his early ambitions of being a jockey thwarted by a rugby prop’s build and a complete lack of riding ability, he did the next best thing and bought his first share in a race horse. From that moment on, his racing obsession has grown exponentially, aided and abetted by an eminently patient horse trainer, some like-minded cohorts, and an immensely tolerant wife.
Having accumulated a long list of humorous racing tales during a decade of horse racing ownership, but then running out of people to share them with, Antony was encouraged by friends and family to fulfil a long held ambition of writing this, his first book.
Antony lives in Sydney’s north shore region and works in the financial services industry. The former ensures that he is no further away than a forty five minute drive from any of Sydney’s main race tracks, while the latter funds his very costly obsession. In his spare time, he stalks his horse trainer and spends as much time as humanly possible, watching, reading and writing about horse racing.