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Fine Cotton Trainer Dies

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Hayden Haitana, the trainer behind the infamous "Fine Cotton" scandal, has died at the age of 72, reports the Australian. Haitana spent time in prison for his role in the scandal which saw Fine Cotton substituted by the better performed horse, Bold Personality, to win a race at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on 18 August, 1984. A huge betting plunge would have seen the masterminds of the scam win millions. However, it all fell apart when stewards noticed white paint dripping from Bold Personality's legs after the race. Haitana also received a life ban from racing but it was eventually lifted in 2013. The infamous "ring-in", which allegedly involved bookmakers Robbie and Bill Waterhouse, remains one of the biggest scandals in Australian racing history.

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