Peter Davies 1970
Doubleday & Company, New York, 1970, cover art by Karl Swanson
Based on a true story, this is the story of Minstrel Boy, a horse owned by a spoiled and indulged son who dies at the end of the First World War. His mother is determined the colt will run in her son’s name and win the Grand National. Minstrel Boy is sent away to be trained, but without his beloved club-footed Toby, who tended him while he was forgotten in a field, Minstrel Boy is a sullen non-trier, even with Archie Hannigan, one of the best trainers in the business, and his jockey son Sam. Once Minstrel Boy returns home, he becomes a different horse, and the National looks a possibility at last.