42 Days at the Races
Diehard punter Helen Thomas accepts the dream challenge of betting with someone else's money, and spending every day of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival on the punt.That's 42 days of meeting and mixing with the colourful identities of the racetrack, obsessively studying the form, and getting up at dawn to follow the turf convoy out of town for country meetings in the extraordinary lead-up to Australia's really big racing events - the Holy Grail for punters and owners alike - the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
The result is an engaging, funny, terrifying, exhilarating, fascinating account of life on the punt at the track - the consequences-free betting spree we all dream about! Never more than a gallop away from a windfall or a nightmare, Helen Thomas's story of living every punter's dream is as vivid and fast-paced as a big race itself. As the horses thunder into the straight, will she cross the line in front?