The Fakenham Favourite

The Story of Cool Roxy & The Blackmores

A horse racing biography

Aaron’s first non-fiction book is a unique sporting biography.

Cool Roxy was a phenomenon. Small for a racehorse, he ran for a decade in the black and red ‘Dennis the Menace’ hooped colours of Alan and Pat Blackmore, who were in their late 70s and 80s when their little horse was in his pomp.

He became a cult hero at Fakenham, where he won 11 times over hurdles and fences, breaking the record for the most wins at the track.

The Blackmores, who only ever had two or three horses in training at a time at their tiny Hertfordshire yard, experienced both triumph and genuine tragedy in their 40 years in the sport before Alan retired at the age of 90, as the country’s oldest registered trainer.

This biography, written with insight, humour and empathy, tells the story of their lives – and of their unique racehorse, Cool Roxy, the Fakenham Favourite.

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