Anyone who's at all interested in racing or horses or both will want to read this tremendously exciting account of the combination that won the English Grand National Steeplechase with Tommy becoming the ""first American amateur to ride an American-bred and American-owned entry."" Actually it all started with Tommy's grandfather, a fine old Virginia sportsman--""the autocrat of the hunt breakfast table."" And both Tommy and his father spent a good share of their lives trying to override Harry Worcester's reputation. But the boy finally did it after taking as many as forty-two spills a season riding anything that looked like it could leap. After establishing his reputation (winning the Maryland Hunt Cup) Tommy was approached by a Mrs. Stephenson, a stable-owner who wished to enter the jump circuit. She assigned Tommy the task of finding a horse and stuck by him when he chose a has-been with a reputation as a rogue by the name of Jay Trump. The seasoning, the training, the ultimate triumphs flow toward the big climax on the English Downs with twenty-nine hurdles including the treacherous Becher's Brook with a twelve foot drop and the Canal Turn which had given more than one horse an icy dip. Silks and pennants and passion for the sport are minutely recreated here. And if one could cast the two main characters, it would make a great movie.