Charles Wood was a Victorian jockey from the slums of Hull who rose to the top of his profession. At the height of his powers in the 1880s, he was Champion Jockey. His popularity and wealth threatened the dominance of the British aristocracy in a sport where they were all powerful. In a brutal attempt to strike his achievements from the records, he was dragged into a scandal. His reputation was destroyed. His story mirrors the social changes taking place in the late Victorian era. The power of aristocratic patronage was in decline as their servants became wealthy in their own right. This book charts the plot to destroy Charles Wood and shows that his enemies severely underestimated their man.
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