I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was an enjoyable, comfortable read.

What I liked about it was that it was written by an enthusiast and that it will demystify racehorse ownership for many.  I also liked to read about the spirit and drive of John’s late wife both in the context of racing and in her work helping others.

Themes for me included the personal enjoyment of the Timpson family in ownership; the characters in and capricious nature of National Hunt racing. The fun (and cost) of the game and the positive qualities of John’s late wife.

I learned: the real brass-tacks of ownership, genuine insight into the thrills and spills and the ups and downs of it all. Above all, it seemed to me that racing brought great joy to the Timpson family.

The people who will enjoy reading this book are sports fans and those who have always fancied but not understood racehorse ownership and the ins and outs of it.

Kevin Byram


Pictured: Richard Johnson drives Cobbler's Queen to victory in the 2m 5 and a half furlong handicap hurdle at Huntingdon 27.1.10. Photograph courtesy of: Edward Whitaker.