Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder – The Inside Track on Australia’s Racing Industry

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In this updated version, Matthew Benns takes us back into the murky world of Australian horseracing.

 
Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder – The Inside Track on Australia’s Racing Industry, Matthew Benns

In this updated version, Matthew Benns takes us back into the murky world of Australian horseracing.

Dapper horse trainer Les Samba was in Melbourne for the annual yearling sales when he turned down an Italian meal with racing contacts saying, ‘I have to meet a bloke.' Just hours later he was dead, blood pouring out of five bullet wounds to his head and body.

Racing in Australia has a dark and dangerous underbelly. Powerful people play for high stakes in an industry worth $14 billion a year. And they don't play nicely.

Yearling sales are rigged, horses doped, races fixed and taxes dodged by high-rolling punters. Every day huge sums of money are made by bookies who don't want to put any of it back into the industry. Meanwhile, jockeys starve themselves to the point of delirium - many suffering permanent injury while racing for as little as $130 a race. Young female jockeys are raped. Horses suffer terribly too - every year almost half of Australia's racehorses are sent to abattoirs to fuel the booming pet-food industry.

This is the true story every racing fan needs to read. It goes past the glorious image of Black Caviar winning off twenty-five starts to reveal what really goes on in the murky corridors of Australian racing. It tells you about the bent jockeys, cheating trainers, crooked owners and greedy bookies. Everyone wants an angle in racing - this book tells you just how often that means the race is Fixed.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780857983268
    Published: 01/11/2013
    Imprint: Ebury Australia
    Extent: 336 pages
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    ISBN: 9781742755168
    Published: 01/11/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 304 pages
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"A lively and well-researched book shedding welcome light on our racing game." - Ross Southernwood, Sun herald, Sydney

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Matthew Benns

Matthew Benns

Matthew Benns is a freelance journalist and has written for publications from the SMH to the Sun Herald to the UK tabloids. He is also the author of a number of books including The Men Who Killed Qantas for Random House. His book, Dirty Money, was number one on the business books bestseller list and described by investigative journalist John Pilger as “a terrific book - the first of its kind in Australia”. Matthew's last bestseller was FIXED - a look at the seedy underbelly of the horse racing industry in Australia.

Using impeccable sources Matthew provides Australians with the uncomfortable facts and shocking answers to the questions raised against our big business and icons and he doesn't flinch from the facts.

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