The Empire Strikes: The Extraordinary Life of Laurie Laxon

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When challenged in a round-table discussion on day a hard case raconteur said: "This is all true you know - you can't make this stuff up."  Laurie Laxon's stories fit exactly into that category. 

If you'd never seen a horse race you wouldn't believe the incredible Cups King Bart Cummings failed to win a Melbourne Cup with empir Rose, but that Laurie would take the giant New Zealand mare over, have her finish second in her first Cup attempt for him then win the Southern Hemisphere's greatest race a year later in 1988.

Laurie Kevin Laxon has never been one to sit on his hands and boastfully look back.  He's always been more interested in tomorrow than yesterday.  AS the Irishman once said "You must go ahead, even if it's arse over head."

Which is why Laurie graduated from a Ngaruawahia horse breaker to become one of New Zealand's finest thoroughbred trainers, winnning practically all of New Zealand's iconic events, a number many times.  As well as the difficult Hong Kong International Cup with Romanee Conti.

Unsatisfied, he re-located to Singapore and produced a record nine straight Singaporean trainers' premierships.  Only true champions do that. 

Hugely experienced journalist Mike Dillon, who lived some of those times with Laurie, was probably ideal to write this biography.  He hopes that he has caught the incredible moments of a star-studded career in the vein in which they occurred.

It is a truly remarkable story.


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