If the title and author of this new book sounds confusing, there is a good explanation. This biography of the famous racehorse from 100 years ago has been written as though the horse himself has penned the story of his life.
It is quite surprising that there has not already been a book written about The Tetrarch, the grey streak of lightning known as the “Spotted Wonder” of the early 1900s. It may be because he raced for just one season – as a two-year-old – because of soundness issues, and though he sired some well-performed horses, he was a fairly shy breeder did. However he did give his exceptional speed – and his coat colour to many of his progeny, including “The Flying Filly”, Mumtaz Mahal.
While it is unusual for a biography of such a well known horse to be told in this manner, it does work, as so long after the fact and with all the main players long gone, there is the risk of such a book becoming all facts and figures and somewhat dry.
What we know of The Tetrarch and his people from newspapers of the time is combined in a readable and entertaining book, with some wry comments from the horse himself.
There are also some rare old pictures of The Tetrarch and his people, as well as his sire and dam Roi Herode and Vahren.
The great horse is buried at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, where he died at age 24 in 1935.
By all accounts of the personality of The Tetrarch, this book is just how he would have written it.
“The Spotted Wonder”, by The Tetrarch
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781496994837
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781496994844
E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN 9781496994851
Available at Amazon.