Bayardo by Peter Corbett

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The Edwardian period lasted for just nine short years. However, it is generally considered to have continued in spirit until the Great War. In the world of Thoroughbred Racing Bayardo was the best horse to appear during this period and one of the great horses of the Twentieth Century. He won 22 of his 25 races, was champion at age two, three & four, a facile winner of the St Leger and, arguably, the best horse to win the Ascot Gold Cup. This book is not just the story of a great racehorse; his trainer Alex Taylor, his eccentric owner Alfred Cox; who raced under the nom de course of Mr. Fairie, and his jockey: Danny Maher, are all covered in fascinating detail.