Author Jamie Reid has scooped the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award with ‘Doped’ his account of the real life story of a crooked bookmaker and his gang who in the early 1960s made millions from ‘nobbling’ horses.
Jamie Reid’s story is all about a man who is trying to feed his extravagant and decadent lifestyle by doping horses. However, his plan comes unstuck when the gang target a horse owned by the Royal family.
Doped is only the second racing book to win the award, the first being ‘Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse’ who won in 2001. Jamie Reid is a horse racing fan himself and renowned pundit, on top of this he is also a successful journalist who writes for the Financial Times.
The prize he collects is £25,000 plus a free bet worth £2,500 from bookmaker William Hill. When asked who the free bet will be placed on he replied “a nice each-way horse that is talked up by those in the know”.
Reid admitted surprise at the award but was “thrilled and delighted to win”.
“I wanted to tell a good story,” he said. “I didn’t want it to be a dry and esoteric racing book.
The Co-Founder and spokesman for William Hill commented: “Jamie Reid’s brilliantly constructed book lures the reader into his masterly recreation of late 50s/early 60s England in which social class counted for far more than workplace competence. Nowhere more so than in the historically class-ridden world of horse racing.”
It was also a celebration for the award itself which has now reached it’s 25th birthday, John Gaustad who is the judges Chairman said that he was very prod of what the awards had achieved and that he hadn’t expect for the awards to be running for so long or that they would be so successful. He is extremely happy that this has given sports book the forum and the publicity that they deserve instead of being hidden in dark corners in book stores.