Churchill at the Gallop by Brough Scott
Hand Signed by Brough Scott to the Publishers Bookplate
New & Unread - Published 2017
Horses were at the heart of the Greatest Briton of them all, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. They were his escape in childhood, his challenge in youth, his transport in war, his triumph in sport, and his diversion in dotage. This book traces all the ways horses affected his life, from the rough ride his mother had while returning from a shooting party that caused Churchill’s premature birth, to the time spent riding through childhood, and as he grew into adulthood, when riding horses increasingly became the means of proving the courage that was to become the very core of his being. The book covers his riding in the Royal Military Academy, his leading a 1,200 horse gallop of the Oxfordshire Hussars at Yeomanry camp, his boar hunting in France, his playing polo into his 50s, and his purchase at the age of 75 a front running grey that won 14 races and triggered ecstatic scenes as his homburg-hatted, cigar-chewing owner gave V for Victory signs in the unsaddling enclosure..
Renowned author, broadcaster and former jockey, Brough Scott, follows in Churchill’s hoofprints from galloping his pony in Blenheim Park, to topping the riding class whilst army training at Sandhurst, taking part in a famous cavalry charge in Sudan, playing polo in India, hunting foxes in Leicestershire and breeding racehorses near his home in Kent, after a minor interlude out of the saddle to tend to the historic task of winning the Second World War.
About the Author: Brough Scott is one of the best known figures in racing and sport although he once received a viewer's letter stating "you used to be the world's worst jockey, now you are the world's worst commentator, please shut up." A graduate of both Oxford University and of 100 winners as an amateur and professional jockey he then for 30 years presented all the major races here and overseas as anchorman for first ITV and then Channel 4 Racing, heading up the team which won the team's first BAFTA award for its coverage of the 1998 Epsom Derby. He has fronted many other programmes and documentaries including Thames Sport, C4's Books By My Bedside and BBC2's Cobbett's Rides. In 2017 he returned to ITV Racing after a gap of 45 years prompting one viewer to comment "crikey, so they are bringing back the living dead." As a journalist for the Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph he has three times been Sports Feature Writer of The Year. He has covered Wimbledon, the Open, the Olympics, the Football World Cup, a Rugby Lions Tour and events as exciting as the British Surfing Championships in Jersey when the sea was flat. He also still contributes to the Racing Post which he founded with Sheikh Mohammed in 1986.
Format: Hardback Edition
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