24693 MOORHOUSE, Edward:
JOHN PORTER OF KINGSCLERE An Autobiography
Written in collaboration with Moorhouse
Grant Richards,London, 1919.
8vo.pp.x+ 505.Index, frontispiece. This is a good copy with scattered foxing and tanning.Hardcover which is sunned ,it is complete but it has been used.and is showing age
Mr Porter was a noted trainer, with seven Derby winners trained at Kingsclere He was innovative and forward thinking ,considered by many to be a genius as a trainer.He went to work for Sir Joseph Hawley, a colourful figure of the Victorian turf.Eight years after appointing Porter, Hawley died, generously including a clause in his will giving the young trainer the option to purchase the estate for £4,000, half of what it had originally cost. The ambitious Porter, who was rapidly becoming the leading trainer of his day, exercised the option and set about transforming the yard into a model of its type.
From Ken Austins but bears his card and Union Club address not the usual bookplate.