By Dick Francis

Sid Halley's glory days as a jockey are over, yet he nonetheless unearths a definite delight in effectively fixing a case. His newest one, notwithstanding, may perhaps end up to be his undoing.

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The safety part are meant to have performed those, and think about them! ’ ‘Who’s using your horse this present day? ’ I stated. ‘Larry Server. ’ He waited for an opinion, yet I didn’t supply it. Larry Server used to be heart skill, heart hired, rode totally on the Flat and occasionally over hurdles, and used to be to my brain available in the market for illegal deals. ‘Who chooses the jockey? ’ I acknowledged. ‘Larry Server doesn’t trip all that frequently in your horse’s coach. ’ ‘I don’t know,’ he stated doubtfully. ‘I go away all that to the instructor, after all. ’ I made a small grimace. ‘Don’t you approve? ’ he stated. ‘If you like,’ I stated, ‘I’ll offer you a listing of jockeys to your jumpers that you should at the least belief to be attempting to win. Can’t warrantly their skill, yet you can’t have every thing. ’ ‘Now who’s a cynic? ’ He smiled, and acknowledged with patent and piercing remorse, ‘I want you have been nonetheless driving them, Sid. ’ ‘Yeah. ’ I acknowledged it with a grin, yet he observed the glint I hadn’t controlled to maintain out of my eyes. With a compassion I certainly didn’t wish, he acknowledged, ‘I’m so sorry. ’ ‘It used to be nice whereas it lasted,’ I stated gentle. ‘That’s all that issues. ’ He shook his head, frustrated with himself for his clumsiness. ‘Look,’ I stated, ‘if you have been comfortable I’m now not nonetheless driving them I’d think plenty worse. ’ ‘We had a few grand occasions, didn’t we? a few unparalleled days. ’ ‘Yes, we did. ’ There may be an figuring out among an proprietor and a jockey, i assumed, that was once intensely intimate. within the small quarter the place their lives touched, the place the rate and the successful have been all that mattered, there can be a privately shared pleasure, like a mystery, that persisted like cement. I hadn’t felt it usually, nor with a number of the humans I had ridden for, yet with Philip Friarly, almost always. a guy indifferent himself from one other staff close to us, and got here in the direction of us with a smiling face. ‘Philip. Sid. great to work out you. ’ We made the well mannered noises again, yet with actual excitement, as Sir Thomas Ullaston, the reigning Senior Steward, head of the Jockey membership, head, roughly, of the total racing undefined, was once a smart guy and a good and open-minded administrator. a bit serious now and then, a few inspiration, however it wasn’t a role for a tender guy. within the couple of minutes on account that he’d been installed cost of items there were a few sturdy new principles and a clearing out of injustices, and he used to be as decisive as his predecessor have been susceptible. ‘How’s it going, Sid? ’ he acknowledged. ‘Caught any stable crooks in recent times? ’ ‘Not lately,’ I acknowledged ruefully. He smiled to Philip Friarly, ‘Our Sid’s placing the safety section’s nostril out of joint, were you aware? I had Eddy Keith alongside in my workplace on Monday complaining that we provide Sid too loose a hand, and asking that we shouldn’t allow him function at the racecourse. ’ ‘Eddy Keith? ’ I acknowledged. ‘Don’t glance so surprised, Sid,’ Sir Thomas acknowledged teasingly. ‘I informed him that racing owed you greatly, beginning with the saving of Seabury racecourse itself and going correct on from there, and that during no manner may the Jockey membership ever intervene with you, except you probably did whatever completely diabolical, which on prior shape I can’t see you doing.

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