Johnny Tapp (the racecaller) rated Darby McCarthy in the top 5 Australian jockeys to have ever ridden. How did this
half blood 'blackfella' from a squalid camp in Cunnamulla become one of the really significant aboriginals of the 20th
His life has been riddled with personal drama and controversy. The book details the court room drama of his
1976 seven year suspension for alleged 'race fixing' by the Victorian Racing Committee which was subsequently
quashed in an episode that bought the conduct of the racing industry under the microscope. The book takes us into the
underbelly of the racing industry like no other. Darby is an enigma, and yet he desperately wants his story told. He holds
nothing back sharing the rags to riches to rags story of a champion who battled the odds to stay in the winning circle
as well as the women, affairs, suicides, breakdowns, adding to the pain of a man struggling to find his true identity.
Darby says he feels like he has lived two or three lives. Those lives are the subject of this authorised biography.
- Publication Date:
- 15 / 06 / 2004
- 200 x 130mm