Frederick Muller, 1944, illus Stanley Lloyd
Richard West’s parents are in India, and he is living with his aunt in Leamington Spa. He then goes away to school, accompanied by the wooden horse his parents send him from India. Richard decides his future is as a jockey, and he runs away from school to be one. The horse becomes a sort of talisman as Richard learns how to be a jockey. He enters into a rivalry with Geordie Hollis, another would-be jockey, and in the end, the horse has to be sold to pay a ransom after his parents are kidnapped. Geordie and Richard go on their with their careers together.