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  • Published: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755168
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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




Matthew Benns takes us inside the murky world of Australia's racing industry.

Matthew Benns takes us inside the murky world of Australia's racing industry.

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 got to meet a bloke." Just hours later he was laying dead, in the middle of the road with blood pouring from 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 and sweat themselves to the point of delirium - many dying or suffering permanent injury while racing for as little as $130 a race. Young female jockeys are raped, often by the trainers they work for.

This is the true story every racing fan needs to read. It goes past the glorious image of the Melbourne Cup winner holding his hand aloft to reveal what really goes on in the dark and 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.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755168
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

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

“A lively and well-researched book shedding welcome light on our racing game.”

Ross Southernwood, Sun herald, Sydney


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