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40 years of behind the scenes in the sport of kings now comes to life on
paper like never before over five books written by Stephen Irwin

“An absolutely thrilling read from cover to cover. A thoroughly enjoyable and racy novel
well worth inclusion in any library. Looking forward to the sequel in due course”

-John, Goodreads review

“An absolutely thrilling read from cover to cover. A thoroughly enjoyable and racy novel well worth inclusion in any library. Looking forward to the sequel
in due course”

-John, Goodreads review

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All 5 Books of the Contention Series

Think of the TV series Dallas and now Yellowstone then picture a series about the ‘Sport of Kings.’

The Contention book series is based on the world of horse racing and will intoxicate readers who love adventure, sport, crime and mystery.
It will even capture lovers of romance.

Book one “Contention” introduces Logan Weston, a down-on-his-luck Australian racehorse trainer who is finally given a shot at greatness by the Baker Racing empire in Newmarket England. Angus Masters, his arrogant training arch rival born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has kicked Logan in the guts one too many times.

When billionaire reality TV show king Howard Irwin announces he has cloned 21 of the past century’s world champion racehorses and plans to race them against each other in a globally televised reality show, the racing and sporting world go crazy. The clones are now three years old and ready to race to determine who really is the Champion of Champions.

Howard enlists three high-profile racehorse trainers – Logan Weston, Angus Masters, and ex-baseball star and rookie racehorse trainer Lance Holyfield – to put in front of the cameras. For the past 18 months, Logan and Angus have been slugging it out on and off the track and have brought life back into the racing game. Lance Holyfield, with his boy-next-door image and high-tech training style, is determined he has the good to beat them both.

When down-and-out Aussie horse trainer Logan Weston drove an uppercut into rival trainer Angus Masters, his whole world changed forever. He joinedBaker Racing in the UK and, under their banner, swiftly becomes the most successful trainer in the world.

Fast forward to two years and Logan Weston, Angus Master and new trainer Lance Holyfield are about to go head-to-head racing the clones of some of history’s greatest racehorses in a new reality TV show. The clones and their trainers are beamed to live the world 24/7 on the reality TV show owned by US billionaire, Howard Irwin.

The “Sport of Kings” is a lure too great for many. The battlers work hard desperately, trying to get their shot. The rich simply buy their way in. Then there’s Ricco Diangelo, who, out of nowhere, mysteriously arrives on the horse racing scene, creating a stir. ‘Seems like a likeable fellow,’ say many, ‘he’s a good guy, funny, smart and warm.’ But some describe an entirely different side of Ricco. ‘Watch him – remember that if you lie with dogs you will get fleas.’ It seems like Ricco will spread his fleas into the racing community and many will not notice they have been bitten until it’s too late.

You either make a decision or circumstances out of your control will make decisions on your behalf. Logan Weston’s decision to take the job as a co-trainer for Barker Racing in England was the latter. Fast forward two years and he has now become the most successful racehorse trainer in history.

Logan, along with Lance Holyfield and Fergus O’Neil, are preparing the clones for their last five races in the Champion of Champions race series. The witty Irishman, Fergus, replaced Angela Masters when she got sacked from the job. He quickly forms a bond with Australian Champion Phar Lap, bringing the horse back to his former glory.

The final book in the Contention book series will put you on a rollercoaster of tension and exhilaration. If you have enjoyed the first four books, then it’s time you release the reins and stride clear as Resilience will break your heart, captivate your mind and make you laugh, cry and cheer.

All 5 Books of the
Contention Series

Think of the TV series Dallas and now Yellowstone then picture a series about the ‘Sport of Kings.’

The Contention book series is based on the world of horse racing and will intoxicate readers who love adventure, sport, crime and mystery.
It will even capture lovers of romance.

Book one “Contention” introduces Logan Weston, a down-on-his-luck Australian racehorse trainer who is finally given a shot at greatness by the Baker Racing empire in Newmarket England. Angus Masters, his arrogant training arch rival born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has kicked Logan in the guts one too many times.

When billionaire reality TV show king Howard Irwin announces he has cloned 21 of the past century’s world champion racehorses and plans to race them against each other in a globally televised reality show, the racing and sporting world go crazy. The clones are now three years old and ready to race to determine who really is the Champion of Champions.

Howard enlists three high-profile racehorse trainers – Logan Weston, Angus Masters, and ex-baseball star and rookie racehorse trainer Lance Holyfield – to put in front of the cameras. For the past 18 months, Logan and Angus have been slugging it out on and off the track and have brought life back into the racing game. Lance Holyfield, with his boy-next-door image and high-tech training style, is determined he has the good to beat them both.

When down-and-out Aussie horse trainer Logan Weston drove an uppercut into rival trainer Angus Masters, his whole world changed forever. He joinedBaker Racing in the UK and, under their banner, swiftly becomes the most successful trainer in the world.

Fast forward to two years and Logan Weston, Angus Master and new trainer Lance Holyfield are about to go head-to-head racing the clones of some of history’s greatest racehorses in a new reality TV show. The clones and their trainers are beamed to live the world 24/7 on the reality TV show owned by US billionaire, Howard Irwin.

The “Sport of Kings” is a lure too great for many. The battlers work hard desperately, trying to get their shot. The rich simply buy their way in. Then there’s Ricco Diangelo, who, out of nowhere, mysteriously arrives on the horse racing scene, creating a stir. ‘Seems like a likeable fellow,’ say many, ‘he’s a good guy, funny, smart and warm.’ But some describe an entirely different side of Ricco. ‘Watch him – remember that if you lie with dogs you will get fleas.’ It seems like Ricco will spread his fleas into the racing community and many will not notice they have been bitten until it’s too late.

You either make a decision or circumstances out of your control will make decisions on your behalf. Logan Weston’s decision to take the job as a co-trainer for Barker Racing in England was the latter. Fast forward two years and he has now become the most successful racehorse trainer in history.

Logan, along with Lance Holyfield and Fergus O’Neil, are preparing the clones for their last five races in the Champion of Champions race series. The witty Irishman, Fergus, replaced Angela Masters when she got sacked from the job. He quickly forms a bond with Australian Champion Phar Lap, bringing the horse back to his former glory.

The final book in the Contention book series will put you on a rollercoaster of tension and exhilaration. If you have enjoyed the first four books, then it’s time you release the reins and stride clear as Resilience will break your heart, captivate your mind and make you laugh, cry and cheer.

Hi, I'm Stephen and this is Hank

Stephen Irwin has over 38 years hands on experience in the Australian horse racing industry. Also an award winning sculptor, successful equine manufacture of horse products, but most of all a writer that captures the real side of the equine industry and tells the story horsemen and horsewomen love.

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Hi, I'm Stephen
and this is Hank

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Stephen Irwin has over 38 years hands on experience in the Australian horse racing industry. Also an award winning sculptor, successful equine manufacture of horse products, but most of all a writer that captures the real side of the equine industry and tells the story horsemen and horsewomen love.

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