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Evolution of the Endurance, Speed and Staying Powe

  • $295.00

Evolution of the Endurance, Speed and Staying Power of the Racehorse  by Stewart McKay, published Australia 1937, average size hardcovers with original green cloth boards, black and white frontis plate of Phar Lap being led by Tommy Woodcock and ridden by Jim Pike, black and white photos throughout, a pull out page depicting the evolution of bones with the change in the horse, chapters’ on; PART 1 - the evolution of the horse and his extinct ancestors, the horse in Britian from the time of Caesar to James 1, racing and the Racehorse from the time of James 1 to Queen Anne, the Arab, Turk, and Barb, the origin and genealogy of the Thoroughbred, the line of “Matchem”, “Herod”, and “Eclipse”, the changes that took place in long distance races during the Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, speed, 

PART 2 – the history of the heart theory of staying power, bio-chemical changes that take place in muscles during contraction, the six-furlong sprint race, some points concerning the physiology of the sprint race, the stayer in the two-mile-race, some points in the anatomy and physiology of the stayer’s heart, the relation of failure of effort to heart power, the effect of over-exertion on the nervous system.


The heart and it’s work, respiration, work performed by the heart acting as a pump, the breeding of the stayer, the feeding of the mare and foal in Australia, the heart theory of staying power and punting, “Phar Lap” a study in conformation and staying power, “Phar Lap’s” pedigree.

A very important text which still holds up today, very informative about very important issues, this copy in v.g. condition (CR).

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