By Dick Francis
A wanna-be jockey accepts a task in his father's crusade for Parliament--and realizes that politics will be the main perilous horse race of all.
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The message," he said impatiently, 'you know, the news. He was passing on the news. If we had a fancied runner he would tip off a professional backer. The owner of the horse didn't get good odds to his money because the professional was there before him and spoiled the market. Three of my owners were very angry about it no fun for them having to take two or three to one when they expected sixes or sevens. So Grant had to go. " "Maurice Kemp-Lore found out while he was working on one of those programmes of his.
His eyes were red-rimmed above the high cheek bones. The big nostrils flared open like black pits. With his wild face, his bursting anger, and the upheld quivering tyre lever, he was a pretty frightening sight. He slashed forward and downward at my head. I think that at that moment he must have been truly insane, for had the blow connected he would surely have killed me, and he couldn't have hoped to get away with it with his car standing there with the wheel off. He was beyond thought. I saw his arm go up a fraction before it came down and it gave me time to duck sideways.
The blue eyes glimmered. "Anything to help," he said. I could hear distinctly a faint high-pitched wheeze as he drew breath into his lungs, and I realized it was the first time I had encountered him in an asthmatic attack. I was vaguely sorry for him. The horses for the sixth race cantered past, going down to the start. " he asked casually, his eyes on the horses. I smiled. But he had his job to do, I supposed, and there was no harm in telling him. "Template runs, all being well," I said. " "Yes," I agreed.