In Febuary 1999, customs officers seized 472 kilos of cocaine with a strett value of £61 million from a lock-up garage in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and a farm at Laleham, Middlesex. Little did they know that this marked the start of a three-year investigation known as Operation Extend that saw 16 people worldwide handed sentences more than 215 years.
Little did anyone know, either of the extent of the drugs illicit involvement in horseracing. RACING IN THE DOCK reveals how the gang uncovered by Operation Extend used the sport to launder money from their illegal drugs sales, often by fixing races and doping horses. How far the tentacles of the organisation reached into the Sport of Kings can now be revealed in full.