Lately I have been asking myself why it is that I read so many books on racing, and I think I've found the answer.
I'm looking for the essence, the thing that makes us love horseracing, want to go racing, want to be near those horses.
So few books capture that spirit into words, but thankfully a few do, and this is one of those. It's as close as you can get to those all too fleeting moments when you are there on the turf, watching the horses fly past you, up the gallops or over the tracks.
It will make you smile, and maybe shed a few tears. If it doesn't you're not really a fan of horseracing, especially National Hunt racing.
He may not be that famous because he lets his horses speak for him, but for those of us who know about him racing would not be the same without Mouse Morris. It's time his story was told, and Declan Colley tells it with great strength.
This book is well written, informative but never boring. There are just enough photos. The 26 that are included are as well chosen as each word, and as potent. I especially love the one of Mouse and jockey Conor O'Dwyer hugging following War Of Attrition's fantastic victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006.
Mouse and his horses should be remembered, and now they will. Buck House winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle and the Champion Chase at the Festival, who ran against Dawn Run and is buried at the top of the Everardsgrange gallops. Cahervillshow who won The Whitbread but unfairly lost it in the stewards room. Stayer's Hurdle winner Trapper John, Irish National winner Hear The Echo and the heartbreakingly beautiful War Of Attrition who Mouse has nursed back from injury.
The story of Mouse Morris is not over yet but this is a good introduction to the man and his horses.
I had planned to loan this book to friends to share it but I'm keeping this one close. They'll just have to buy their own copy!