Humbly bred and purchased cheaply by his owners, Earth Summit overcame physical problems as a foal and later survived serious injury during a racing career that saw him become the first and only horse to win the Scottish, Welsh and Aintree Grand Nationals.
This book chronicles the path of one of the toughest, most durable steeplechasers of modern times from ancestry through to retirement. At the same time it reflects the views of the training team, the jockeys who rode him and, not least, the owning syndicate, all of whose lives were enriched by their association with the horse known as Digger.
Bob Sims and Nigel Payne are two of the fortunate six owners comprising The Summit Partnership, the syndicate which enjoyed eight unforgettable years following Earth Summit around the racecourses of the UK. Bob Sims works in the advertising business, a career path which has necessitated his active participation on a number of courses ranging from Ascot to Ayr, Wincanton to Wetherby.
Nigel Payne has spent the bulk of his working life in racing and among his multifarious roles the position of Press Officer at Aintree, a relationship he’s enjoyed since 1976, provides some indication of the place that National Hunt racing occupies in his affections.