A Year in John Dunlop's Racing Stable
Publication Date: January 1, 1998
Simon Barnes spent a year in and around John Dunlop’s stable in Arundel.He spoke to everyone and in the process found out how the exclusive and secretive world of racing really works.
Horsesweat and Tears is something of a first. No outsider has ever been given as much freedom to roam around a racing yard as was Simon Barnes, when he spent a year in and around John Dunlop’s Castle Stable in Arundel.
The initiate will delight in the insights provided, and the newcomer will find it a revelation. It is not about betting, plotting and crookery, however, but about the abiding fascination of winning, the boundless and glorious unreliability of the horse, and the mad and brilliant people who make racing happen.
Racing is a world that is both exclusive and secretive. Just this once, they let an outsider in.