Author(s): Max Presnell
Melbourne Mick Bartley wasn't big noting when he described $6000 in 1976 as toilet paper. To call him a punter wasn't sufficient. Nobody played horses better in roles as a commission agent, SP bookmaker and master architect of betting coups. But the punt giveth and the punt taketh away...From copy boy at the Sydney Sun to his current weekly column for Fairfax, Max Presnell has lived, breathed and written about horse racing for more than 60 years. Good Loser's Die Broke gives us his best, most colourful stories from a lifetime's observation of the turf. Starting with Max's own unique upbringing at Randwick's legendary Doncaster Hotel, where his father was publican, Good Loser's Die Broke takes us on journey into the heart and soul of Australian racing. It brilliantly captures not only the famous racing names like Tommy Smith, Bart Cummings, and Gai Waterhouse, and legendary punters like Kerry Packer, but a marvellous parade of crook bookies, pimps, pickpockets, dopers, plonkers, lobbers and the downright disreputable. Written with Max's trademark humour and encyclopaedic knowledge of the sport, Good Loser's Die Broke is the distillation of more than six decades worth of racing's greatest characters and stories.
Max Presnell has worked for Fairfax for more than 60 years. As a racing writer he's covered 40 Melbourne Cups (continuously for the last 37). He lives in Sydney with his wife Colleena.