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Jessica Harrington with Donn McClean

The two-mile steeplechaser is the most exciting athlete on the planet. Half a tonne of horse set to carry a rider over twelve five-foot fences at almost forty miles an hour. Moscow Flyer, twice winner of Cheltenham’s Champion Chase but never safe from birch-busting errors, was the most exciting of them all.

Moscow Flyer is much more than just the portrait of the greatest Irish jumper since the legendary Arkle died in 1971. Jessica Harrington’s account of the horse’s journey from a small farm in Limerick to the Cheltenham winners’ enclosure pulls together a cast of characters and a chain of circumstance which become a living metaphor for current Irish life.

Reviews of Moscow Flyer

“A strong narrative told with brisk authority”
The Sunday Times, 4 December 2005

“This book does more than justice to the highest-rated steeplechaser in these islands”
The Irish Field, 3 December, 2005

“A story worthy of the telling … honest and thoughtful … excellent”
Racing and Football Outlook, 13-19 December, 2005


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