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 Michael has a few spare copies of his books and charts for sale

together with some books from his library.

(Post and packing is charged according to weight and destination)

Please send any inquiries to

or telephone 01932 351 429 / 07787 326 948

For a fuller description of Michael’s own books see his Books on Racing & Breeding 



 This months Special Offer

The Oaks chart plus the Oaks book for £100

see below, a saving of £25 RRP


The Oaks Chart 1779-2017

Published in April 2018, this chart shows the Male Lineage of each and every Epsom Oaks winner.

Printed on the antique appearance of 250 GSM ‘Natural’ ParchMarque Plus, it measures 66 cm x 59.4 cm or 26″ x 23 1/2″ .

From a signed and numbered limited edition of 90, copies are available directly from Michael at £60 including postage & a sturdy postal tube.

The Chart shows the winners and the dates won in Green capitals, and within the ancestry, Champion Sires have an asterisk * either side of their name.

There are information boxes on the chart showing: Fastest Times, longest and shortest Winning Distances, Disqualifications, the size of Fields and First Prizes.

There are also pictures of the Founding Fathers: The Darley Arabian and Eclipse, The Byerley Turk, The Godolphin Arabian and also The Queen with Carrozza and the fastest winner, Enable.



The Oaks Stakes – 1779-2015 – The History – The Winners – Their Breeding

This is the first and only history of the Oaks Classic to be published, featuring: the Origins and Foundation of the race, the Equine Founding Fathers, pen pictures of the winning connections, essays on the famous winners and a records section, illustrations and indecies.

Numbered and signed,  from the Limited Edition of 650 copies, priced at £55 (RRP £65).

The book has a luxury binding, with all edges gilt, illustrated and indexed, 256 pages.

See the reviews on this website.


The Derby Stakes – 1780-2016 – The Blue Ribbon of the Turf

This is Michael’s latest book, bringing the history of the premier Classic up-to-date.

Featuring 25 Derby Winners of the Decade, illustrations, race commentaries from 1918, analysis of Derby winning times, a comprehensive section on records, and an index of pedigrees and personalities.

Numbered and signed, from the Limited Edition of 650 copies, priced at £55 (RRP £65).

The book has a luxury binding, with all edges gilt, illustrated and indexed, 256 pages.

See the reviews on this website.


The Derby Stakes 1780-1997

Michael has two copies of his first Derby book (607 pages) for sale from the sold out edition of 1314 copies – both collectors pieces –

Number 785 dedicated to Minoru (1909), the only winner owned by a ruling monarch – available at £65.


Also available book number 2 of 1314 copies, dedicated to Diomed (1780) .

An early number and a rare opportunity for book collectors – a faded front cover, but perfect inside – £70.


Eclipse – The Horse – The Race – The Awards

A signed Limited Edition, No. 671 of 1240 uniquely dedicated to Mill Reef (won 1971).

This is one of the Author’s copies in mint condition inside & out.

Luxury binding, all edges gilt, illustrated and indexed, 415 pages, ..£70


The Classic Pedigree 1776-1989 – Michael Church

A signed Limited Edition, No. 3 of 1101.

The book is uniquely dedicated to Trophonius, winner of the 1811 Two Thousand Guineas.

All edges gilt, illustrated and indexed, 479 pages, good condition inside & out…£70


Also:  The Classic Pedigree 1776-1989 – Michael Church

A signed Limited Edition, No. 70 of 1101.

The book is uniquely dedicated to Chamant, winner of the 1877 Two Thousand Guineas.

All edges gilt, illustrated and indexed, 479 pages, good condition inside & out…£65


Classic Pedigrees 1776-2005

A signed Limited Edition, No 9 of 800

The pedigrees of every Classic winner, with race results, analyses and 17 three-colour male-linage charts.

An early number and a collectors book in mint condition……..£75

***Reviews of the above books can be found under Books on Racing & Breeding***


Michael’s Short Story books:

Ripping Gambling Yarns – Tales of a misspent youth – Michael Church.

Pub. 2001. 26 short stories, 160 p. Signed, illustrated & in Mint condition….£9


Born to Bet – Further tales of a misspent youth – Michael Church.

Pub. 2003. 22 short stories, 160 p. Signed, illustrated & in Mint condition….£9


Black Horse – Red Dog – More gambling yarns – Michael Church.

Pub. 2008. 21 short stories, d/w, 174 p. Signed, illustrated & in Mint condition….£9


The Gambling Adventures of Father Green. – Michael Church.

Pub.2010. 18 short stories, d/w, 160 p. Signed, illustrated & in Mint condition….£9


 Also for sale some notable books on Racing and the History of the Turf:


The Great Stallion Book – Richard Ulbrich

First Edition 1986 – 463 pages – Indexed – very good condition, no dust wrapper.

Essays and Race Records of all the major stallions in the world from Eclipse onwards.

Competitively priced at £85


British Rural Sports – First Edition – pub 1855 – by Stonehenge (alias John Henry Walsh 1810-1888)

Excellent condition, 720 pages with sections on Horseracing and Coursing, showing many pedigrees of horses and greyhounds.

Includes numerous engravings, with sections on shooting, hunting, fishing and yachting.

Also includes sections on diseases in horses and dogs and their treatment.

Beautifully rebound in green buckram……£55


Peter Biegel’s Racing Pictures

Good condition with slipcase. Published 1983, 160 pages.

Coloured reproduction of his paintings throughout, both Flat and National Hunt.

The work of a top equine artist…….£50

Men and Horses I Have Known – The Hon. George Lambton

 Very good condition, pub 1924, 320 pages, 55 illustrations and indexed.

Widely recognised as the finest autobiography in racing literature.

Lambton was trainer to Lord Derby and trained the winners of 13 Classic races inc. Sansovino and Hyperion.

A collectable volume …….£45


Stud-Book Lore – C.M. Prior.

Pub. 1951. The history of the General Stud Book, v.g.c. 290 p. 33 illustrations & Indexed……….£35


Keylock’s Dams of Winners of all Flat races in  G.B. & Ireland 1948 – 1984

Four Volumes in good condition…………………………….£50


The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy – the gamblers who made racing pay – Paul Mathieu.

First Edition pub.1990. With dust-jacket in excellent condition…….£20


The Story of your Life – James Lambie

A history of The Sporting Life newspaper 1859-1998

First edition 2010, excellent condition, 611 pages, illustrated and indexed….…£18


Better Betting with a decent Feller – Carl Chinn

A fascinating social history of bookmaking – what it was like for our fathers, grandfathers and ancestors.

Pub 2004, 380 p, d/w, hardbacked, v.g.c………..£10


Twenty Great Horses – Roger Mortimer

Includes: Sceptre, Pretty Polly, The Tetrarch, Brown Jack, Hyperion, Tudor Minstrel and many others.

Pub 1967, Large format. 172 p, d/w, hardbacked, each horse with race record, pedigree and picture v.g.c……...£10


More Great Racehorses of the World – Roger Mortimer and Peter Willett

Includes : Blink Bonny, Iroquois, La Fleche, Epinard, Fairway, War Admiral, Citation, Abernant, Petite Etoile, Nijinsky and many more.

Pub 1972, 236 p, d/w, hardbacked, photo’s of each horse and indexed. v.g.c………….…£10


Post & Paddock (1895) – The Druid –

Later tales of Turf – very good condition. …………..£9


Saddle & Sirloin (1895) – The Druid

More tales of Turf and country sports – very good condition. ….£9


   Hell & Hazard  or William Crockford verses the Gentleman of England

  Hardback, very good condition        First Edition 1969      Henry Blyth ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,£12


Old Q – The 4th Duke of Queensberry or The Rake of Piccadilly 

Hardback, very good condition           First Edition 1967        Henry Blyth…………..£12


Bibliography of the History & Organisation of Thoroughbred Breeding in GB &Ire.

Eileen P Loder. Catalogue of books published 1565-1973…..£22


Queen’s Jockey – Harry Carr – Autobiography – d/w, 190 p……£12


 The Horses of San Marco, Venice – an illustrated history – 246 p. ..£10


 The Grey Horse – Desert Orchid – Richard Burridge  –  274 p……….£11

Hardback, dust-wrapper all in very good condition.


Royal Ascot – A history of Royal Ascot – Richard Onslow

Pub. 1990. 224 p. d/w, v.g.c. Illustrated throughout.………………………. £10


Lester Piggott – The Pictorial Biography – Julian Wilson.

Book plate signed by Lester Piggott. Pub. 1985.  V.g.c . d/w 175 p. …….£15


Typology of the Racehorse – Franco Varola.

Pub. 1974. Hardback, v.g.c. with d/w. Illustrated incl. diagrams & charts……….£12


Thoroughbred Breeding – Notes and Comments – Mordaunt Milner.

Pub. 1987, Hardback, 208 p, indexed. with d/w, v.g.c……………..£10


The Race of the Century – Grundy & Bustino at Ascot – Christopher Hawkins.

Pub.1976, 159 p, d/w. v.g.c. 20 illustrations……….£15


The Brigadier – John Hislop.

Pub. 1974, 212p, d/w, v,g.c. Illustrated & indexed………£12


Julian Wilson’s 100 Greatest Racehorses.

Pub.1987, 256p, d/w, v.g.c. ………£12



Greyhound Books, Charts & Prints



A framed print (26 x 22 inches) of the four-time Waterloo Cup winner FULLERTON.

Owned by Colonel J. T. North, his victories in the premier coursing event were in 1889, 1890, 1891 and 1892,

so surpassing the three wins of the Irish greyhound, Master M’Grath, in 1868, 1869 & 1871………....£65 buyer to collect from Woking.


The Greyhound Derby Chart 1927-2010 – Michael Church

Showing the male lineage of every winner, with a pictorial surround of past winners.

Signed & numbered copies from a limited edition of 300, only 3 left…..£40 each


The Greyhound – H Edwards Clarke.

Pub.1973 – 208 p, d/w, v.g.c., illustrated & indexed. ………….£12


The Greyhound and Greyhound Racing – Roy Genders.

Pub. 1975 – 345 p. d/w, v.g.c., illustrated & indexed…………..£15


Ger McKenna on Greyhounds – John Martin.

Pub.1989, 160 p. d/w, v.g.c. Illustrated………..£10


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