"Following her superb biography of America’s greatest racehorse Man o’War, Dorothy Ours tells the story of Man o’War’s son, Battleship, and his quest to win the Grand National steeplechase. Like the heroine Velvet Brown of Enid Bagnold’s novel National Velvet, Battleship’s owner, Marion duPont Scott, persisted in her belief that her little American horse belonged in England’s greatest and most challenging race over jumps. Ours’ cadenced language, both elegant and often exhilarating, recalls the thundering hooves and pounding heart of her champion."
—Elizabeth M. Tobey, Ph.D.
"Anybody with an appreciation of racing’s history is certain to be enthralled by the richness given to this uniquely American tale of a Man o’ War son traveling to England for the world’s greatest steeplechase race at Aintree. Dorothy Ours excels as she breathes excitement into a grand bygone era with great style."
—Barry Irwin, CEO of Team Valor International, owner and breeder of Kentucky Derby-winner Animal Kingdom
“Meticulously-researched and accurately-written…an easy joy to read. I gained a lot of fascinating new background material on the leading characters, while the vivid description of the race itself was both stirringly exciting and emotionally moving. This is a totally addictive book that I just could not put down.”
—Jane Clarke, Grand National historian/researcher for Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool and curator of the Grand National Museum
Dorothy Ours writes in such a way that vividly presents the scenes, the characters, and the history.
The negative, not as big but naggingly annoying, was the problem with unengaging characters drawing too much of the author's focus.
It is also very much the story of Battleship's owner, heiress Marion DuPont and the young jockey Bruce Hobbs and his dad, Reg.
Very fine info about Marian DuPont, a woman ahead of her time in many ways.Published 1 day ago by M. Coleman
Wants to be "Seabiscuit," but isn't quite as well written or as interesting. Still, a pretty good read.Published 9 days ago by Gwendolyn Bellermann
Reading the book for reference to the duPont family history, especially William duPont and finding it interesting as the the history of horse racing as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jean Clagett
I loved this book. It is a very entertaining and colorful history of the life and times of a DuPont heiress as well as the story of a steeplechase jockey, and a wonderful, unusual... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan W.
This is a well researched historical account about an amazing horse. Interesting stories about the horse Battleship and side stories of the people who were involved with his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Theresa Stephens-Bremer
Well done and authentic, from a horsewoman's accuracy. Well done in character description, organization and presentation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ouisha Mckinney
I really enjoyed this story. After I read this book, I went online and looked up some of the references and found that some of the places still exist -- Fair Hill farm, for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by anncat
Really great read and full of information on all the characters involved in "making" Battleship an unlikely winner of a Grand National. I highly recommend this book!Published 7 months ago by jblue