The compelling story of true-blue Aussie battler, Tommie Smith, who climbed to the top on sheer ability and became the world's most successful horse trainer. He enjoyed every moment of the struggle on his way up from poverty to relish the spoils of his new-found wealth - Rolls Royces, French champagne, exotic travel and lavish spending sprees.
This book traces TJ's remarkable life including Smith's battles with the autocrats of the racing establishment, punch-ups and deals along the way, run-ins with the newspaper barons Ezra Norton and Sir Frank Packer, gambling coups that reaped him great fortunes, the champions he nurtured in to public idols - Tulloch, Redcraze, Gunsynd, Kingston Town, Bounding Away - and the courageous women in his life: Valerie, the resolute wife and tireless supporter, and Gai Waterhouse, his glamorous daughter who fought for her rights and followed in her father's footsteps to become one of Australia's top trainers.
Contains black and white photographs.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 06 / 1998
- 151 x 229mm