Author(s): Patrick Smith.
The articles in this must-read collection cover contributions to The Australian newspaper in 2016 and early 2017. As well as Smiths commentary pieces, particularly on horse racing, there are collections on the Australian Golf Open and the Australian Tennis Open, the drugs in sport issue that engulfed Essendon in the AFL and Cronulla Sharks in the NRL, and the lead-up to the AFL and NRL grand finals and the aftermath. And then there are his lead-up articles into the Melbourne Cup, culminating with his stunning article on Michelle Paynes historic, winning ride. Smith has the reader in the saddle as Payne guides Prince of Penzance over the gruelling 3200m journey. He reads her mind and the Princes from barrier to post in a heartracing account. It makes you want to pat the page, just as Payne patted the Prince on returning to scale. Its also what makes you want to read this book.