The Scots & The Turf

The Scots & The Turf


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The Scots & The Turf tells the story of the amazing contribution made to the world of thoroughbred horse racing by the Scots and those of Scottish ancestry, past and present, including 2017's Grand National winner One for Arthur.Throughout the years, this contribution has been across the board, from jockeys to trainers and owners as well as some superb horses. Currently, Scotland has a great ambassador in 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.These are, of course, familiar names to any racing enthusiast but they represent just a small part of the Scottish connection that has influenced the Sport of Kings down the years. Recognition of the part played by those from north of the Border is long overdue and The Scots & The Turf now sets the record straight with a fascinating account of those who have helped make horse racing into the fabulous spectacle it is today.

Product Details

Published: 21st December 2017
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 400 pages
ISBN: 9781785301414


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 RacehorseStud & StablePacemakerThe 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 BritainThe History of Darley Stud FarmsMonths of Misery Moments of Bliss, and Grey Magic.


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