Book Review: Tulloch
13 September 2017, 11:57 a.m.
Tulloch is the remarkable tale of one of Australasia’s greatest and most beloved racehorses—an unwanted yearling who became a sensation thanks to the unlikely pairing of Australia’s most flamboyant trainer and one of its more dogged and determined owners.
Author Ken Linnett tells for the first time the full story of a legendary New Zealand bred horse who not only shared a rarefied status beside the iconic likes of Phar Lap and Carbine, but overcame a near-death illness and two years away from racing before staging a triumphant return, helping revive the racing industry in the process.
Tulloch is equally the story of the tempestuous relationship between legendary trainer Tommy Smith and the horse’s iron-willed owner Evelyn ‘Boss’ Haley, the pairing who infamously disagreed on whether or not Tulloch should run in the 1957 Melbourne Cup after he’d blitzed the Caulfield Cup field in record time. Linnett finally reveals the full scale of human drama and the myth-busting truth behind Tulloch’s controversial scratching from the Cup.
In the first book ever written about Tulloch, author Ken Linnett will not only dazzle racing fans and horse lovers, but charm anyone not aware of the depth of character and heights of adulation that lifted a champion racehorse to the forefront of a rapidly evolving society in post-war Australia.
The hardcover book can be ordered from Slattery Media for A$39.95 at the link below.