Where is the Winning Post?: The biography of Mikie Heaton-Ellis

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9780002740036: Where is the Winning Post?: The biography of Mikie Heaton-Ellis

The extraordinary story of one of the best loved trainers in horse racing who conquered disability after his own tragic accident.

From an impeccable army background, Mikie Heaton-Ellis was one of the most promising young jockeys of his generation. Then in the 1981 National Hunt Stepplechase at Huntingdon he fell and broke his back.

Wheel-chair bound he continued to pursue his passion for horses and now runs Barbury Castle Racing Stables where he has had 100 winners. Early in the morning each day he inspects and instructs the finest in British horses, and yet he will never ride again.

This is the powerful story of one of the best loved and most sought after trainers and how he overcame the greatest of hurdles to achieve his ambitions. Intense private grief, career setbacks and severe physical disability have all taken their toll, and yet his faith in his goal and his own personal beliefs have sustained him.

Mikie Heaton-Ellis was formerly the trainer for Sheik Mohammed Fhelk and his horse Tirol won the English 2000 Guineas and the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1990. He now runs Alpha courses in his spare time in association with Nicky Gumbel.

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Where is the Winning Post? will be commended by racing commentator Johnny Francome and trainer Henry Cecil and will receive substantial support from the racing world.

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Mike Heaton-Ellis was one of the most promising young jockeys of his generation. Then in a 1981 National Hunt Steeplechase at Huntingdon he had a fall which left him seriously paralysed. This is the extraordinary story of his long battle to conquer disability and his determination to live out his ambitions against all the odds.

Wheel-chair bound, he has continued to pursue his passion for horses and now runs Barbury Castle Racing stables where he trains the finest in British horses and has had over a hundred winners. Formerly a manager for Sheikh Mohammed, he is one of the best-loved and most sought-after trainers in horse racing, yet will never ride again.

Amidst intense private grief, career setbacks and severe physical disability this remarkable life is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit sustained by faith in personal beliefs. This powerful story deserves to be read.

Phil Shirley is a professional sports writer and biographer.

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