Episode 124: Dollop: The Fine Cotton Scandal

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Dave: Wouldn’t it be great if they made a movie –if they just put John Travolta’s face on a horse?

Gareth: Finally! The Movie No One Wanted! Look Who’s Talking Forever!

What this episode brought to mind for me:

Gypsy as performed by this doll…


Yep, that’s how my mind works, and exactly why this website and I are such a glorious fit.

The Race That Stopped the Nation

Conversations with Richard Fidler:  Peter Hoysted unravels the true tale of the Fine Cotton fiasco

George Freeman: Australian Biography

Scandal horse Fine Cotton dies

Twenty six years after he was jailed and banned from racing for life for his part in Australia’s most infamous betting scandal, Hayden Haitana says the truth about the Fine Cotton affair is still to come out. (Adelaide Advertiser)

But o ho! it did come out! And how.  Fine Cotton and Me: The Confessions of Hayden Haitana as Told to Graham Bauer. If only it weren’t out of print. If you find a copy and learn the “truth”, please do let me know.

And the gifts keep coming. I love you, Internet. I wish I could hug you, all your bits and bytes. Why? THIS:

I can’t be the only person who hears Conway Twitty or Kenny Rogers seduction songs when I look at this picture of Haitana.

Thank you, PerthNow. God bless.

And one more gift. To make up for usually linking many books, this entry has many videos. Enjoy:


Band names from this episode:

  • Party Jesus
  • The Paws of Jesus
  • J-Paws

Cultural references from this episode:

my favorite skit:


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