In 1984 the nation was on high alert: miners on strike, inflation in double figures and prized racehorse Shergar still missing. So it came as a welcome distraction when Burrough Hill Lad took to the turf and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup and King George VI Chase in one incredible year under the indomitable Jenny Pitman, becoming one of the best steeplechasers of all time. Yet the man behind Burrough Hill Lad’s success was a quietly spoken farmer from a small village in Leicestershire. Stan Riley risked it all to take his place in history and shake hands with royalty. His steely determination mirrored that of his wonderful horse. Neither would give up. There was only one way to live, and that was to win. But it came at a price.
Written with exclusive access to Stan Riley and his personal archive of Burrough Hill Lad memorabilia, this is the inspiring story of how one man and his magnificent horse rose from an impoverished background to take on the wealthy world of horse racing – and win.