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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)

Enquiries to [email protected]

or telephone 01932 351 429 / 07787 326 948


Please note: reviews of the books below can be seen on ‘His Books on Racing & Breeding’.


 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.

Signed copies priced at £50.

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


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.

Signed copies priced at £50.

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


The Oaks Chart 1779-2017 – the Male Lineage of every Epsom Oaks winner.

Printed in two colours on 250 GSM ‘Natural’ ParchMarque Plus, measuring 66 cm x 59.4 cm or 26″ x 23 1/2″ , the chart shows all the winners and dates won in green capitals. Champion Sires are shown with 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.

Illustrated with pictures of the Founding Fathers i.e. The Darley Arabian and Eclipse, The Byerley Turk, The Godolphin Arabian, also The Queen with Carrozza in 1959 and Enable, the fastest winner.

Numbered and signed from a Lmited Edition of 90 copies, priced at £60.


Special Offer: buy The Oaks book and the Oaks Chart for £95


The Derby Stakes – The Complete History – 1780-2006

From a sold out, signed Limited Edition, number 348 of 1140 dedicated to The Flying Dutchman, winner of the 1849 Derby, St Leger and 1850 Ascot Gold Cup.

Comprises 639 pages and in excellent condition – £72.


The Derby Stakes 1780-1997

Michael has two signed and numbered copies of his first Derby book (607 pages) for sale from the sold-out edition of 1314 copies – both collector’s pieces –

Number 2  dedicated to Diomed (1780).  An opportunity for a book collector – £70.

Number 785 dedicated to Minoru (1909), the only winner owned by a ruling monarch – price …£60.



Michael’s Short Story books

Ripping Gambling Yarns – Tales of a misspent youth

Pub. 2001. 26 short stories, 160 p. Signed & illustrated…£8


Born to Bet – Further tales of a misspent youth

Pub. 2003. 22 short stories, 160 p. Signed & illustrated ..£8


 Black Horse – Red Dog – Gambling yarns from Michael’s family.

Pub. 2008. 21 short stories, d/w, 174 p. Signed & illustrated..£8


The Gambling Adventures of Father Green – Michael’s fictional account of his Catholic Priest

Pub.2010. 18 short stories, d/w, 160 p. Signed & illustrated...£8


Other books for sale


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 …….£38


Peter Biegel’s Racing Pictures

One of Racing’s foremost artist’s collection of painting and drawings.

Preserved in a slipcase and in good condition; published in 1983,

Including Humble Duty & foal, Set Free, Grundy, Secretariat, Nijinsky,

Ribot and Lester Piggott’s Derby winners. Also many paintings of

Cheltenham and the Grand National 160 pages, Hardbacked.

A lovely book evoking many memories……..£30


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.

An important reference book……. £72


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……£48

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….…£16



The Irish Derby 1866-1979 – Guy St John Williams & Francis P M Hyland

An excellent reference book, well kept, hard backed, illustrated, indexed and 424 pages..£10



Lester Piggott – The Pictorial Biography – Julian Wilson

Has a bookplate signed by Lester, illustrated throughout, hardbacked, lists all Lesters turf records, 175 pages, indexed…£10


The Brigadier – The story of Brigadier Gerard – John Hislop

An intimate story of one of the all-time great racehorses.

Full details of his pedigree and races run. Hardbacked, illustrated and indexed, 212 pages..£10.


Greyhound Books & Charts


The Book of the Greyhound – Edward C Ash

Published 1933, hardbacked, 351 pages, fully illustrated and in good condition.

A rare book that studies the history and changes to the greyhound from early Egyptian times to 1932, including Coursing and greyhound racing……..£125



 The Greyhound Derby Chart 1927-2010 – Michael Church

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

Printed in Red & Black on quality parchmarque, size 71 x 55 cms, winners in red with sex, colour, date of birth and year won.

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



The Greyhound – H Edwards Clarke.

Pub.1973 – 208 p, d/w, v.g.c., illustrated & indexed. ………….£10


The Greyhound and Greyhound Racing – Roy Genders.

Pub. 1975 – 345 p. d/w, v.g.c., illustrated & indexed…………..£14


Ger McKenna on Greyhounds – John Martin.

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


 To Order Telephone 01932-351429 / 07787 326948 or Email –

[email protected]