Author(s): Jim Haynes
Jim Haynes, Australia's favourite tale teller, loves the sport of kings as much as he loves Aussie yarns and bush verse. From country picnic tracks to the thoroughbred racecourses of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, from Archer to Black Caviar, from the mysterious punter Louis the Possum to the great trainer Bart Cummings, he brings these two great loves together in the biggest book of Australian racing stories ever.In these stories, full of the humour and romance of the track, Jim reminds us of the great champions, the tragedies and the unique characters (equine and human) of racing. Here are stories of famous races and jockeys, touts and urgers, nose-to-nose battles and a rort or two, as well as country race meetings where anything can happen.This rich collection captures the heart and soul of the turf and reminds us exactly why a day at the races and having a punt are such an important part of the Australian spirit.
Jim Haynes lives ten minutes' walk from Randwick Racecourse and his favourite television channel is Thoroughbred Central.
ForewordPART 1 RACING MEMORIESPART 2 THE WILD COLONIAL DAYSPART 3 BLOND BOMBSHELL TO BLACK CAVIARPART 4 RACETRACK HUMOURPART 5 THE CUP IS MORE THAN A HORSE RACEPART 6 A PUNT ON THE PONIESPART 7 RACING CHARACTERSPART 8 JUMP RACES ARE DIFFERENTPART 9 THE GOLDEN AGEGlossaryAcknowledgements