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    Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang (Paperback) By (author) Jamie Reid

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    DescriptionDoped is the gripping true-story racing thriller set in Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s. Combining a potent mix of horseracing, drugs, sex, class, crime, gambling and the monarchy, it tells the true story of one of the biggest doping scandals in British racing history. In March 1962 an audacious attempt to nobble one of the royal horses alerted police to a well organised band of racecourse criminals, backed by murderous London gangsters. The subsequent Flying Squad pursuit of the gang brought the quaintly deferential world of racing into sharp conflict with the harsher realities of the 'You've Never Had It So Good' era. This also coincided with the birth of the annual Dick Francis novel. The cast of characters is headed by William Roper, a debonair ex RAF Sergeant turned oddsmaker. His team included an ex jockey, numerous underpaid stable lads, an upper class gambling addict and a violent professional gangster who went on to face charges with the Kray twins in 1969. But the most fascinating member of Roper's firm was a beautiful and self-possessed young Swiss woman called Micheline Lugeon who became the bookmaker's lover and mistress. Short-listed for the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

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    The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jamie Reid
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 198 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    ISBN 13: 9781909471511
    ISBN 10: 1909471518

    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPK
    BIC subject category V2: WSNB, BTC
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000, SPO021000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JJPK
    DC23: 364.106
    Raceform Ltd
    Imprint name
    Raceform Ltd
    Publication date
    25 April 2014
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    Author Information
    Jamie Reid is a journalist, writing a column for The Financial Times, and author and has written several books including A Licence to Print Money (1992) and Emperors of the Turf (1989).