Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 3

The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy by Paul Mathieu

Take a syndicate of five gentleman gamblers; a stud owner, a royal vet, two city financiers, and a master of foxhounds. Look near Stonehenge for the spot to build an isolated year. Recruit a brilliant young Irish trainer. Enforce secrecy by locking up the stable lads and censoring their post. Find trusted agents to place the stable’s bets. Be patient, and the rewards will come. Here’s the story of the confederates of Druid’s Lodge: The men who made racing pay.

Written in 1990 and updated in 2015, this book is the fascinating story of a group of punters who targeted mid-level handicap racing in Britain at the turn of the twentieth century.