Handy All the Way

By Peter Walwyn

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  • ISBN: 9781843580164
  • Publication Date: 31 May 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: Metro Books, London

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Peter Walwyn, who has just retired, was for more than thirty-five years one of the country's foremost racehorse trainers - and about the only trainer for whom racegoers and racing professionals alike have a deep and genuine affection. He was the first flat racing trainer to send out more than 100 winners in a season, was champion trainer and trained the great Derby winner Grundy. But the appeal of the book lies less in Peter Walwyn's achievements on the track, great though they may be, but in the nature of the man - one of the last great traditionalists of the turf. His lanky physique and eccentric behaviour led to him being nicknamed 'Basil Fawlty'; he is a man with strong and outspoken opinions on every aspect of the racing game. He is also a fund of marvellous racing stories: in his long career, he has encountered scores of legendary racing personalities, from Lester Piggott to Frankie Dettori, and describes them with humorous relish. Handy All The Way is not a conventional autobiography, but a marvellous collection of anecdotes by one of racing's best-loved characters.

About the author

Peter Walwyn, who retired from training in November 1999, started training in Lambourn in the early 1960s; he was champion trainer twice and has won many classics, including the Derby with Grundy in 1975. He also trained Grundy to win an epic duel with Bustino in the 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stakes, in a race hailed as the 'Race of the Century'.

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