Field of Thirteen

By Dick Francis

A wonderfully crafted choice of 13 tightly plotted stories that treats readers to homicide, secret, and mayhem on this planet of horseracing.

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Moggie “The Cat” Reilly, like many different jockeys, saved healthy via common operating, and lots of, additionally, left their automobiles outdoor the pubs at evening instead of be performed for inebriated riding, so not anyone paid any realization while Moggie jogged to The Stag, plucked his keys from their magnetic field and drove himself domestic. while he walked via his door, the phone begun ringing: he picked up the receiver hoping the decision will be brief. He felt chilled, the nice and cozy jog ebbing. He sought after a sizzling bathe and to take a seat in a hot woolen lumberjack sweater whereas he drank extra espresso and skim the newspapers. A excessive worried moved quickly voice in his ear stated, “I are looking to converse to Reilly. It’s Billington Innes right here. Jasper . . . er . . . Billington Innes. I personal Lilyglit . . . er . . . are you aware who I suggest? ” Moggie Reilly knew good. He stated he was once Reilly. “Yes. good . . . er . . . I’m promoting my horse. ” Billington Innes took a deep breath and attempted to talk extra slowly. “I’ve prepared a sale . . . most sensible cost after all . . . fairly a very good sale . . . ” Moggie Reilly stated in brief, “Congratulations. ” “Yes, yet, good, do you notice, it’s a conditional sale. ” “Mm? ” Moggie Reilly murmured. “Conditional on what? ” “Well . . . really, conditional on his profitable this afternoon. successful the Cloister Hurdle, to be detailed . . . ” “I see,” Moggie stated with calm, and certainly he did see. “Yes . . . good, Percy Driffield refused to procedure you with this proposition, yet . . . ” he spoke quicker, “this isn't a bribe I’m supplying you, on no account. I wouldn’t do this, totally now not. ” “No,” Moggie acknowledged. “What I’m supplying, do you see,” Jasper Billington Innes persevered, coming awkwardly to the purpose, “is within the nature of fee. If my horse Lilyglit wins the Cloister Hurdle, i will be able to finalize the sale on greater phrases, and . . . er, good, if you happen to and typhoon Cone can have assisted the end result whatsoever, then you definately might have earned a fee, don’t you spot? ” What I see, Moggie Reilly idea to himself, is a brief solution to lose my license. To Jasper Billington Innes he spoke back reassuringly, “Your horse Lilyglit is sweet sufficient to win with no support. ” “But think about the handicap. It alters every thing. And final outing Lilyglit at point weights beat typhoon Cone by means of basically lengths . . . ” The voice rose in fear. “Mr. Billington Innes,” Moggie Reilly acknowledged patiently, almost about shivering, “there are 11 runners within the Cloister. Theoretically it’s anybody’s race end result of the handicap, and if hurricane Cone makes his approach to front, I shan’t cease him. ” “Are you asserting you won’t support me? ” “I’m announcing solid good fortune. ” the telephone went lifeless without notice. Jasper Billington Innes, idea Moggie Reilly, as he headed, undressing, for the bathe, used to be one of many final humans he’d have anticipated to try to win by way of flim-flam. Moggie didn’t be aware of, in fact, concerning the supervisor at Stemmer Peabody. Jasper Billington Innes sat beside the phone, staring unseeingly on the carpet of a small lodge bed room round the corner to his gaming membership. The deal he had made together with his bookmaker and the membership vendors not appeared so excellent as at 4 within the morning, yet he needed to admit that they’d been reasonable or even sort.

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