Bold Personality was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse who gained notability by being substituted for the inferior horse Fine Cotton in a race at Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane on August 18, 1984. The attempted scam is infamous in Australian history due to the involvement of some of racing's elite.
Bold Personality won the race by a small margin after being backed from 33/1 into odds of 7/2, but Racing Stewards were suspicious and rumours of a ring-in quickly spread around the racecourse.
A subsequent enquiry was held and the horse was disqualified. The horse trainer Hayden Haitana, and alleged organiser John Gillespie, were jailed and several people were warned off by the Australian Jockey Club. High profile bookmakers Bill and Robbie Waterhouse were two of the people warned off, for having had prior knowledge of the scam.
Bold Personality was a bay gelding foaled on 13 August 1977 by Bold Aussie (USA) from Miss Personality by Vibrant (GB). He was bred by Mr & Mrs JP Curran, New South Wales.
- Ashforth, David (2004). Ringers & Rascals: The True Story of Racing's Greatest Con Artists. Eclipse Press. ISBN 1581501064.
- Remembering Fine Cotton