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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 and the Oaks book for £90

see below, a saving of £25.


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) .

A rare opportunity for book collectors – for although the front cover has faded it is 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 available  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 150 of 800

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

In mint condition……..£65

***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. Illustrated & Signed. Mint condition….£10


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

Pub. 2003. 22 short stories, 160 p. Illustrated & signed. Mint condition….£10.


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

Pub. 2008. 21 short stories, d/w, 174 p. Illustrated & signed, Mint condition…£10.


The Gambling Adventures of Father Green. – Michael Church.

Pub.2010. 18 short stories, d/w, 160 p. Signed & in mint condition….£10.


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



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……£62


Thoroughbred Racing Stock and its Ancestors by Lady Wentworth

A Collector’s book on the Origins of the Thoroughbred.

In very good condition, in dust wrapper and strong red slip case.

Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1960 the 2nd and most accurate Edition.

Illustrated with 392 plates, 24 in colour, with many diagrams in the Text and a Fold-out Map, 556 pages. Competitively priced at £220



Royal Ascot – Its History & Its Associations

– George James Cawthorne and Richard S. Herod

Chapters include Institution and Early Growth

Revised and Enlarged. pub. 1902 Strand, London,

386 pages, illustrated throughout, good condition.

A rare and collectable book…………………….£48


Racing Life of Lord George Cavendish Bentinck – John Kent

Rare First Edition pub.1892 with John Kent’s book plate opposite the title page –

482 p., good condition for age, illustrated & indexed……..£68


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

First Edition pub.1990. With dust-jacket in excellent condition…….£22


The Lonsdale Library – Flat Racing.

Pub. circa 1938, 432 p. 50 illustrations of famous horses, indexed.

A brilliant book for those interested in the history of the Thoroughbred.

Very good condition…….£40


Post & Paddock (1895) – The Druid –

Later tales of Turf – very good condition. …………..£10


Saddle & Sirloin (1895) – The Druid

More tales of Turf and country sports – very good condition. ….£10

Or £15 the pair.



 Hell & Hazard  or William Crockford verses the Gentleman of England

  Hardback, very good condition        First Edition 1969      Henry Blyth ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,£13


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

Hardback, very good condition           First Edition 1967        Henry Blyth…………..£13


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

Eileen P Loder. Catalogue of books published 1565-1973…..£20


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……….£12

Hardback, dust-wrapper all in very good condition.


The Jockey Club – The history of the Jockey Club – Roger Mortimer

Pub. 1958, good condition with dust wrapper…………lllustrated & Indexed….£18


Royal Ascot – A history of Royal Ascot – Richard Onslow

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


The Story of Mill Reef – John Oaksey – pub. 1974.

Signed by Lord Oaksey, Illustrated, & Indexed. d/w, 155 p. v.g.c………..£35


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



Two informative books for the Racing Historian

Stud-Book Lore – C.M. Prior.

Pub. 1951. Collectible, written between 1904-1938, v.g.c. 290 p. Indexed……….£35

The History of the Racing Calendar and Stud-Book – C.M.Prior.

Pub. 1926. Collectible, 280 p. v.g.c. Indexed……….£35

Or £60 the pair.



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



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 for sale…..£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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