The book I read to research this post was The Sport Of Queens by Dick Francis which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This is an autobiography of Dick who was a champion jockey and later successful author who wrote horse riding related thrillers. He won the champion jockey award given to the jockey who wins the most races in Britain. He is most famous for almost winning the Grand National. His horse collapsed whilst well out in front of the others rather inexplicable. According to him it was probable the horse got cramp. He never did succeed in winning the National. In World War 2 he trained as a pilot and flew Wellington’s but it was near the end of the conflict so saw little action. At the end of the war when the German Naval ships were surrendering he had to fly overhead in a crisscross over the area to make sure they were indeed surrendering and coming into port. It was a nice little job. At the end of the war he really wanted to be a jockey and was lucky in that Lord Bicester one of the premier racehorse owners in the country offered him a job racing his horses. Later he worked for the Queen and Queen Mother. He was lucky in getting an early lucky break as a jockey. He grew up in Pembrokeshire and his parents had a farm which didn’t make much money but they hoped he would take over eventually. This book is around 200 pages so is a reasonable length. I enjoyed reading it and do recommend it. This book was originally published in 1957 but updated and published in 1974.