The Scots and the Turf
ALAN YUILL WALKER
The Scots & The Turf reveals the unexpected contribution that people of Scottish ancestry, past and present, have made to the world of the Thoroughbred racehorse. Currently, Scotland has a great ambassador with Mark Johnston, who has resurrected Middleham in North Yorkshire as one of the country's foremost training centres, while his jumping counterpart Alan King, the son of a Lanarkshire farmer, is now based outside Marlborough. The greatest lady owner of jumpers in recent years was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, while Stirling-born Willie Carson was five-times champion jockey on the Flat. While these are familiar names to any racing enthusiast, they represent just the tip of the iceberg in the general scheme of things as the Scottish connection has influenced the Sport of Kings right across the board. Recognition of the part played by those from north of the Border is long overdue and The Scots and The Turf is an attempt to set the record straight.
Published: 28th September 2010
Format: Hardback 234x156mm
Extent: 256 pages
As a freelance writer, Alan Yuill Walker has spent his life writing about racing and bloodstock. For over forty years he was a regular contributor to Horse & Hound and has had a long involvement with the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Other magazines/journals to which he has contributed on a regular basis include The British/European Racehorse, Stud & Stable, Pacemaker, The Thoroughbred Breeder and Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder. He was also a leading contributor to The Bloodstock Breeders' Annual Review. His previous books are Thoroughbred Studs of Great Britain, The History of Darley Stud Farms, Months of Misery Moments of Bliss, and Grey Magic.
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