Waterhouse and Smith: The Rise to Power of Two Racing Dynasties

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Hardie Grant Publishing, 2009 - Bookmakers (Gambling) - 303 pages
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After the success of the hardback edition, comes the paperback of Waterhouse and Smith. This major biography by leading racing writer, John Ellicott, chronicles the adventures and misadventures on and off the track of the Smith and Waterhouse families - their extraordinary successes and infl uence on the sport, but also their spectacular falls from grace; their extensive networks and relationships (both professional and personal); and their place and legacy in Australia's cultural/ sporting annals. The book broadly covers: The patriarch, TJ Smith, his career and influence; his daughter Gai's 15-year apprenticeship; and the transference of power The rival, Bill Waterhouse, his career and influence; the Fine Cotton/Bold Personality affairs The untouchable Gai, her early career; her battles with offi cialdom; her successes and failures; her intriguing relationship with Robbie; the emergence of her glamorous daughter, Kate Tom and Robbie Waterhouse: their potential; their legacy; their past and recent misdemeanours; and the future ... Lively, entertaining, rich in anecdote and written in a style to appeal to a Good Weekend demographic, Waterhouse and Smith will be the first major, in-depth study of these two extraordinary dynasties.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
PubsWealth and Sport
11
CHAPTER TWO
20
The Brothers Waterhouse
26
A Man of Influence
32
CHAPTER THREE
40
Duelling with The Babe
48
CHAPTER FOUR
63
Robbie The Climb Back
134
Out of Circulation
144
Mr Racing
173
CHAPTER SEVEN
182
Stable Love
196
CHAPTER EIGHT
204
CHAPTER NINE
228
Ernie and the Big Split
243

CHAPTER FIVE
95
Calamity
103
The Fallout
116
Protest Lodged
123
Sterling Start
258
Fashion Stakes
270
New Blood
291
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About the author (2009)

John Ellicott has spent 20 years working as a journalist on country and city newspapers. He started his career on The Moree Champion in northwest NSW, joining The Daily Telegraph in 1986 as the paper's fi rst rural reporter. In 1993 he joined The Australian (after a stint at AAP) where he was quickly submerged in the Robbie Waterhouse hearings after the Fine Cotton scandal. He later became the nation's fi rst gaming writer and is currently a subeditor for The Australian. John's first book, A Year on the Punt, was published by ABC Books in May 2007. John lives with his wife and young family in Thirroul on the south coast of NSW.

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