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The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History by Nick Townsend
  

The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History

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Shortlisted for the Racing Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015.

The story of Barney Curley, the man who made betting pay...for him. Not a Bookmakers favourite he has consistently won more than he lost in over 40 years of following the turf. Above all, the book reveals for the first time how Curley pulled off the biggest gamble of the 20th Century. ~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Audacious and successful, renowned gambler Barney Curley has proved repeatedly that it is possible to beat the odds in spectacular fashion. In 1975, he pulled off a historic gamble on a horse called Yellow Sam, leaving Irish bookmakers £300,000 out of pocket (roughly £2.5 million today). In 2010, he set off around Britain with a team of associates, placing thousands of pounds on multiple bets. Here, Nick Townsend reveals the planning behind the biggest organised gamble that horse racing has ever seen.
~ The Good Book Guide

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The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History by Nick Townsend

Shortlisted for the Racing Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015.

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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'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

About the Author

Nick Townsend was, for many years, a sports feature writer on the Daily Mail before joining the Independent on Sunday, initially as football correspondent and later chief sports writer. He is currently a freelance writer, predominantly for the Sunday Times. He collaborated with Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Ben Ainslie on their autobiographies. He is a long-time confidant of Barney Curley and assisted him with his acclaimed life story Giving A Little Back. He lives with his wife Louise in Oxfordshire.

Barney Curley is a Northern Irish professional gambler and entrepreneur and was behind the infamous Yellow Sam betting coup (regarded as one of the greatest betting scams of all time).

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd April 2015

Author

Nick Townsend

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Sport from the Armchair
All Shortlists and Winners

Biography: general
Gambling: theories & methods
Horse racing

ISBN

9780099576587

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