The Fine Cotton Fiasco

Author: Peter Hoysted,Pat Sheil

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143793713

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 2930


Brisbane, 1984. It all started with a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one, and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong? In The Fine Cotton Fiasco, Peter Hoysted and Pat Sheil brilliantly tell the scarcely believable tale of how - through a combination of horrendous mismanagement, terrible judgement and comically bad luck - the scheme gradually unravelled. How did a horse with white painted socks dripping onto the turf come to hold the hopes of punters across Australia and beyond? How was a supposedly secret plan so widely advertised that even the Queensland Commissioner of Police placed a bet? And how much of a cover-up ensued in the aftermath of this absolute debacle? The story of Fine Cotton is the stuff of Australian legend. It features hardcore crims, likeable rogues and a supporting cast that ranged from the hapless to the hopeless - with some entirely innocent bystanders thrown in for good measure. Not every crazy scheme cooked up by a couple of inmates in Boggo Road Gaol would culminate in a story that will be told across the nation for the next hundred years. But this one did.

Fine Cotton Fiasco, The

Author: Peter Hoysted,Pat Sheil

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143793705

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 7189


Brisbane, 1984. It all started with a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one, and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong? In The Fine Cotton Fiasco, Peter Hoysted and Pat Sheil brilliantly tell the scarcely believable tale of how - through a combination of horrendous mismanagement, terrible judgement and comically bad luck - the scheme gradually unravelled. How did a horse with white painted socks dripping onto the turf come to hold the hopes of punters across Australia and beyond? How was a supposedly secret plan so widely advertised that even the Queensland Commissioner of Police placed a bet? And how much of a cover-up ensued in the aftermath of this absolute debacle? The story of Fine Cotton is the stuff of Australian legend. It features hardcore crims, likeable rogues and a supporting cast that ranged from the hapless to the hopeless - with some entirely innocent bystanders thrown in for good measure. Not every crazy scheme cooked up by a couple of inmates in Boggo Road Gaol would culminate in a story that will be told across the nation for the next hundred years. But this one did.

Ringers & Rascals

Author: David Ashforth

Publisher: Eclipse Press

ISBN: 9781581501063

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

View: 1701


Chronicles Peter Christian Barrie's efforts to fool horse racing authorities by painting horses with henna dye to disguise good race horses as bad ones, fooling betters and fixing races.

Restoring Trust in Sport

Author: Catherine Ordway

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000375579

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 252

View: 376


In this solutions-focused collection of sport corruption case studies, leading researchers consider how to re-establish trust both within sports organisations and in the wider sporting public. Inspired by the idea of ‘moral repair’, the book examines significant corruption cases and the measures taken to reduce further harm or risk of recurrence. The book has an international scope, including case study material from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and covers important contemporary issues including whistleblowing, bribery, match-fixing, gambling, bidding for major events, and good governance. It examines the loss of trust at both national and international levels. Drawing on cutting-edge research, the book includes both on-field and off-field examples, from Olympic, non-Olympic, professional and amateur sports, as well as diverse academic and practitioner perspectives. Offering an important contribution to current debates and a source of reflection on best professional practice, Restoring Trust in Sport helps us to better understand why corruption happens in sport and how it can and should be addressed. This is invaluable reading for all advanced students, researchers, managers and policy makers with an interest in integrity in sport, sport ethics, sport management, sport governance, sports law, and a useful reference for anybody working in criminology, business and management, law, sociology or political science.

Little Fish Are Sweet

Author: Matthew Condon

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702257362

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

View: 750


Little Fish Are Sweet takes the reader behind the scenes of Matthew's Condon's epic six-year, three-book journey, as he fights intimidation and legal threats while relentlessly pursuing the truth. Investigating the web of cold murder cases and pedophile scandals of the past, Condon discovers that police corruption is only one part of a much bigger and more disturbing story. What is revealed in Little Fish are Sweet will make your blood boil.

Fine Cotton Fiasco

Author: Peter Hoysted

Publisher: Nero

ISBN: 9781863957847

Category: Bold Personality (Race horse)

Page: 256

View: 1845


The incredible tale of the Fine Cotton Affair The plan was simple enough. Buy a horse of limited ability, swap it over before a race with a horse almost identical to it but with greater talent and speed, and sit back and make millions. But it all went pear-shaped when the ringer became injured . . . On 21 August 1984 the Eagle Farm racetrack in Brisbane was full to bursting. Forget the Melbourne Cup; this was the race that really stopped the nation - a novice handicap, the field a collection of try-hards, the rugged and the buggered. In the preceding hours and days there had been a massive betting plunge on a mediocre horse even for this field, the nine-year-old Fine Cotton. Across Australia, thousands of punters who believed they had the tip of the century held their breath . . . Journalist and humorist Peter Hoysted - a.k.a. Jack the Insider - turns his uniquely satirical eye to Australian racing's most infamous ring-in. The Fine Cotton Fiascois the true story of a desperate Sydney gangster, corrupt police, a foolhardy trainer, a dodgy used-car salesman, a bucket of henna hair dye, an unsuspecting horse (two, actually), and a 'colourful racing identity' who saw it all coming and made a fortune for himself while everyone else did their dough.

Kings of Stings

Author: James Morton,Susanna Lobez

Publisher: Victory Books

ISBN: 0522858597

Category: True Crime

Page: 408

View: 5656


Do you want to...Help distribute money to the poor and be given a fee to do so? Share in Al Qaeda's hidden gold? Help a young girl orphaned in the tsunami? In their highly entertaining and often shocking new book James Morton and Susanna Lobez follow up their bestselling Gangland Australia by delving into the world of Australian con artists such as Mario Condello, Helen Demidenko, Christopher Skase, Brenton Jarrett, Peter Foster, Lola Montez and Fairlie Arrow. Here are highly talented men and women and their tricks: changing paper into banknotes, selling other people's property, faking deaths, and forging paintings; promising miracle cures and impersonating aristocracy, preachers, military gents, lawyers and doctors. In fact, whatever it takes to separate the unwary from their money. Read about the scams and think twice about that offer that seems almost too good to be true.

Parliamentary Debates

Author: New South Wales. Parliament

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 5375


Track Tales

Author: Mercedes Webb-Pullman

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1925536351

Category: Poetry

Page: 134

View: 7474


""Reading 'Track Tales' is like key-holing a personal diary that gives the human drum on the racing industry in Australia during the early 1980s. The poems perversely honour the men, women, horses and dogs that were the industry at the time ... the poems jostle at the starting gate. Suddenly they're off and running! A totally absorbing read."" Martin Christmas, author of 'Immediate Reflections'