Australian Story - The Ride of his Life (Shane Dye)
Cocky and fiercely competitive – and never far from controversy – Dye won a string of the country's most prestigious races including the 1989 Melbourne Cup on Tawrrific and four straight Golden Slipper wins (1989-1992). Behind the scenes he was always supported by his glamorous and devoted wife. When Karla Dye nearly lost her life giving birth to their only child, son Nicholas, in August 1991, Dye was constantly at her side. But before the decade was out, the racing world would be shocked when Dye walked out on his wife and partner of 17 years for a teenage model. The fallout from the marriage break-up partly motivated Dye's move to Hong Kong in 2002, where he was one of just 24 jockeys licensed to ride for the prestigious and lucrative Hong Kong Jockey Club. But the ensuing years were a roller coaster for Dye. His second marriage ended following a well-publicised domestic dispute in 2004. And then he had a horrific race fall that might have ended his career.
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