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Post title triumphs at sports book awards.

HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE, written by Julian Muscat, was named Horse Racing book of the year at the prestigious 2013 British Sports Book Awards on Tuesday night, writes Andrew Scutts.

Muscat's book beat off competition from Racing Post stablemates A Weight Off My Mind, the autobiography of champion jockey Richard Hughes, Racing Crazy, the best of columnist David Ashforth, and Clive Brittain: The Smiling Pioneer by Robin Oakley, plus two other titles notably Clare Balding's My Animals And Other Family.

In total, the Racing Post had five books nominated for the annual awards, presented at a ceremony at Lord's cricket ground on Tuesday night. The other Post nomination was Frankel: The Wonder Horse, edited by Andrew Pennington.

unfortunately for Muscat, duty called - an interview yesterday with Karl Burke in North Yorkshire - and he was unable to attend.

He said: "When I saw the shortlist I was just delighted to be among such good company and so to win was a total surprise.

"For a project like this you're beholden to people around the Queen for good detail, and there are a lot of people to thank, two in particular: John Warren and Sir Peter O'Sullevan."

The book is a vivid account of the Queen's extraordinary racing life, from her childhood fascination with the sport to her connoisseur's appreciation of bloodlines.

As for Muscat, he turned to journalism in 1987 after working on stud farms for seven years. He wrote for The Times for 17 years and now contributes to many publications, predominant among them the Racing Post.

VVHER Majesty's Pleasure is available to Racing Post readers at the special price of PS10 (rrp PS20) incl. p&p. Visit racingpost.com/shop, or call our orderline, 01933 304858.
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