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The Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History [Kindle Edition]

Nick Townsend
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"Nick Townsend tells the story with panache, helped by a close acquaintance with the Irish mastermind of the scheme, Barney Curley, a name which bookmakers have had reason to curse on several occasions. It gets properly into its stride when it focuses on the coup, which in its innovative daring calls to mind The Italian Job." (Independent on Sunday)

"The full story of how the legendary gambler does it is unveiled. It helps if you know your way around racing, but if you don't this book will make you want to get clued-up fast." (Daily Sport)

"This is an enthralling read, extremely entertaining, and a revealing insight into one of horse racing's most colourful, and controversial, characters" (The Press)

"Fascinating. written with commendable skill and verve. It is a very readable book. Curley and his coups combine to make a unique story, well told." (Racing Post)

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The bookies always win. Yet, for over four decades Barney Curley has proved himself a rare exception. The country's most renowned and fearless gambler, a man who will back his judgement to win GBP100,000 and more on a single day, has consistently emerged triumphant from bloody skirmishes with the old enemy. In the summer of 1975 Curley masterminded one of the most spectacular gambles of all time, with a racehorse named Yellow Sam, costing Irish bookmakers around GBP300,000; the equivalent of some GBP2m today. No-one believed anything similar could be staged again this century. Bookmakers now have communications and technology in place to thwart any renewed attempts. But challenges inspire Curley and he was determined to beat the system - again. Thirty-five years later from his first coup, Curley set about staging an ambitious sequel to his Yellow Sam scheme. Curley has never divulged the full details of what happened. Now, for the first time, The Sure Thing reveals the complete story of the months of planning and preparation, with all the trials and tribulations, that went into the biggest organised gamble in racing history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2103 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780890710
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (27 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GDFVUMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recommended book 15 Mar 2014
By Thairob
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Excellent book thoroughly recommended particularly to Horse racing fans but could be enjoyed by anybody. A long haul flight passed quickly while enjoying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sure bet 12 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Barnel Curley is an extraordinary character: part spoiled priest, part obsessive, part philanthropist but all-conquering enemy of the bookies. This is a fascinating story of the logistics of a multi-million betting coup but it is a triumphantly compelling portrait of Curley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The gambling magician 6 Mar 2014
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The book is a great read keep u on it toes know who his horses ran and won how much he won and lost loved it worth a read Billy belfast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Arrived within 2days! My Dad loves the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read ! 28 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
A book revealing the intricasies of creating a coup within the horse racing world. An interesting and exciting read, which if anything demonstrates the difficulty in masteminding an 'honest' coup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific read 24 May 2014
By kevin
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highly recommended by this American , great background on subjects a real page turner.. don't walk .. run to nearest book seller
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK 24 May 2014
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gREAT BOOK...FUNNY AND INFORMATIVE...MY DAD READ IT FROM COVER TO COVER IN A WEEK HE COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN..A MUST FOR RACING FANS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 11 May 2014
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Bought this book as a present, they could not put it down. Great if you are if you are a horse racing fan
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