The story of Levin jockey Tony Allan reads like a Hollywood script. He has scaled the highest of peaks by winning a Melbourne Cup, but along the way has fought off the demons of drug addiction. Now, he wants to write a final chapter with a happy ending. Paul Williams reports.

Tony Allan was in no hurry.

A handsome young man, he had just enjoyed a top night's sleep. He rang for a taxi, threw his saddlebag over his shoulder, and headed out for a date with destiny.

He arrived at Flemington racecourse an hour before the big race -