In three short years, Northerly captured the Australian racing public's imagination like few horses before him. He wasn't pretty or particularly elegant, but once he saw the finishing post, there were few horses that could catch him. Northerly won nearly $10 million in stake money, consecutive Cox Plates against the mighty Sunline and, in 2002, joined the ranks of true champions by winning the Caulfield Cup - Cox Plate double.
With insight and a vast knowledge of Australia's racing pantheon and Northerly's place within it, author Bob Cain has charted the champion's career from a scrawny foal that nearly died, to the undisputed king of Australian racing. A vital part of the Northerly equation was Fred Kersley, Northerly's trainer and part owner, a humble and plain-talking man who won the respect and admiration of the racing public. Cain paints a vivid picture of Kersley and his clan, which has been involved in the racing industry for nearly 100 years.
With great drama, Cain describes Northerly's career-threatening leg injury and ultimately unsuccessful comeback. Northerly's career was over too quickly but in a short time, the gelding had become "the people's champion" and a legend of the Australian track.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2005
- 237 x 157mm