by Martin d’Evelin Pampaloni
This superbly detailed book chronicles the racing and stud career of one of the great horses of the Twentieth Century, the Ian Balding trained Mill Reef.
Foaled in 1968, this diminutive but charismatic son of Never Bend made his mark with victories in the Coventry Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes at two, before winning the Greenham Stakes, Derby, Eclipse Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a three year old. He later won the Prix Ganay and Coronation Cup at four, before a broken leg ended his racing career.
But Mill Reef’s legacy came not only from his stellar career on the track, but as a stallion whose bloodlines have helped shape the present day thoroughbred.
His statue stands proud at the National Stud in Newmarket, his place in history secured.
The author looks in great depth at the influence of Mill Reef’s bloodline from his direct descendants to the modern day.
Superbly illustrated throughout, with rarely seen colour images, supplied by John Crofts, this latest Miralgo Publications offering is a terrific tribute to a horse who became a national favourite. It is an absolute must-read for any racing connoisseur or historian.
You can order copies by visiting www.miralgopublications.co.uk and pay by Paypal or by credit/bank card from The Choir Press on 01452 500016.