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Richard Dunwoody HELL FOR LEATHER First Edition Double Signed

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First UK edition, first print hardback of a Champion's Diary, with Marcus Armytage and published by Partridge Press in 1993. Signed by both Richard Dunwoody and Marcus Armytage on the title page
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First UK edition, first print hardback of HELL FOR LEATHER a Champion's Diary, by Richard Dunwoody with Marcus Armytage and published by Partridge Press, London, in 1993. Signed by both Richard Dunwoody and Marcus Armytage on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean green cloth boards and gold lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing mainly to the top edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight, and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.There is some tanning to the pages.

"Hell for Leather follows National Hunt jockey Richard Dunwoody through the latter part of his first championship-winning season. It gives a jockey's eye view of the important meetings, goes behind the scenes of racing's moments, both big and small, and tells of the split-second decisions that are the difference between winning and losing, or landing on your feet or on your head.

Richard Dunwoody and Marcus Armytage guide the reader through the 1993 Cheltenham Festival, the Aintree and the party atmosphere of the Punchestown Festival in Ireland. There was to be no Gold Cup for Dunwoody in 1993, nor another Grand National to add to his roll of honour. The 1993 National was sensationally declared void, will forever be remembered as 'race that never was' after a disastrous start that saw the starting tape tightened around Dunwoody's neck.

Hell for Leather is not all about glory. It is also about early wet mornings, being black and blue with bruises, and spending long hours at the wheel and soul-destroying lengths of time in the sauna. The result is a diary chronicling all sides of a champion jockey's life and an insight into a gruelling yet magnificent season."

Thomas Richard Dunwoody MBE was a three-time Champion Jockey, riding 1699 British winners in his career.

His big race victories include the King George VI Chase four times on the legendary grey Desert Orchid 1989 and 1990, and One Man 1995 and 1996. He also won the 1986 & 1994 Grand Nationals on West Tip and Miinnehoma respectively, and the 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Charter Party. He received the Lester Award for Jump Jockey of the Year on five occasions.

Marcus Armytage is a journalist and former National Hunt jockey who won the Grand National as an amateur in 1990, riding Mr Frisk. Armytage's win in the 1990 Grand National on Mr Frisk came in a record time of 8m 47.8sec. It was and remains the only sub nine minute National smashing Red Rum's previous record by some 14 seconds and Armytage remains the last amateur rider to win the race.

Mr Frisk and Armytage went on to complete the unique National-Whitbread Gold Cup double at Sandown Park Racecourse three weeks later. The same year, 1990, he was Fegentri European Champion Amateur. In 1992 he repeated a feast achieved by his sister Gee in 1988 by riding a double at the Cheltenham Festival, winning the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on Tug of Gold and National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup on Keep Talking. His third Festival winner was on Christmas Gorse in the National Hunt Chase in 1994. He retired in 2000 after riding his 100th winner - in Dubai.

164 pages. Illustrated with numerous colour and black & white photographs.

ISBN: 185225 2227

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1455
  • Weight:
    0.58kg