Troubador Yesterday's Heroes

Released: 03/01/2012

eISBN: 9781780889900

Format: eBook

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Yesterday's Heroes

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Yesterday’s Heroes doesn’t pretend to be a definitive list of the best horses over fence and timber, instead it is an entertaining and informative look at some of the finest and most fascinating horses jump racing has ever seen. Every horse hero featured in the book has his own unique, sometimes heartbreaking, story. Be it a titanic battle of champions racing head-to-head, the emergence of a new superstar or the final hurrah of an aging favourite you will want to read again and again. From the tragic story of One Man to the brilliance of Desert Orchid, the majesty of Silver Buck to the faltering steps of Crisp, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. More recent heroes such as Viking Flagship, Baracouda and Moscow Flyer stand alongside old favourites such as Sea Pigeon and Comedy of Errors. The final chapter takes a dispassionate look at the age old question ‘who is the greatest,’ offering insightful arguments regarding the main choices. Yesterday’s Heroes is based on Graham’s columns of the same name written for Racing Ahead magazine.

Writing for Racing Ahead magazine has allowed me to indulge in one of my greatest passions in life. Here I am able to present the best of the Steeplechase and Hurdler articles in book form.

Without a doubt my favourite piece of writing was the article on Yahoo. Totally unique it was a challenge yet this is the one which people who have read my work generally refer to as their favourite.

If Yesterday's Heroes: National Hunt Edition goes well, I hope to bring out a Flat Racing version towards the end of 2012.

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Graham Buddry

Horses, in one way or another have occupied the greater part of my life.

From the countless games of Totopoly and Escalado as a child and standing outside the bookies from around the age of ten while my older brother placed my pocket money shillings on my chosen fancies I have loved racing.

Occasional visits to racecourses such as Brighton further fuelled my interest to the extent that in the summer months I would rush home from school before catching the train to Windsor for their evening fixtures.

In 1980 I took my future wife racing at Kempton on Boxing day for our third date. We’re still married and go racing whenever we can. Many years later I was fortunate when Mrs Christine Feather, the owner of Silver Buck, who won the big race that day, kindly gave me one of the racing plates he wore in that very race. It holds pride of place on my wall.

A small inheritance was spent on shares in racehorses with Martin Pipe where we had many winners, including Hopscotch, Tri-Folene and Silver King. Later I started working in the racing industry for National Hunt Racing Plates of Great Britain.

Since 2005 I have been writing the “Yesterday’s Heroes” articles for Racing Ahead magazine.

Over time I have built up an extensive library of nearly 200 racing books.

At work in my favourite room.

Simon Bullimore, Midge Burridge, my wife, Mignon, Desert Orchid, myself, Richard and James Burridge
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