Tip Off: High Stakes and Low Lives - Racing's a Dangerous Game

By John Francome

It's each punter's dream to overcome the bookmakers and Toby Brown is doing it usually. The son of a best coach, Toby has a phone tipping provider that's slowly bringing the outdated enemy to its knees. A plea from the bookmakers activates a Jockey membership research which uncovers a plot of homicide and jealousy the place the stakes being performed for suggest greater than simply funds - and the place one horse, higher by way of a long way, lives as much as its identify.

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The backyard at Wetherdown was once as busy as ordinary on a Saturday, with 5 runners going off to 3 various classes. Jane was once attempting to convince herself that she desired to visit Chepstow, the place she knew she should be. yet meanwhile, she had agreed to stick again till noon, to speak to a journalist – one whom she depended on adequate to record her model of why Lord Tintern’s 8 horses, together with the Champion Chase favorite, have been being so all at once withdrawn from her backyard. i used to be sitting on my own together with her in her learn. ‘Jane, i will think what it has to be like, think me, and that i desire to God there have been a way shall we convince the police to head after Tintern, yet we simply haven’t discovered something that categorically proves he did it, and they’re adamant it used to be suicide. ’ ‘It needed to be Gerald,’ she whispered bleakly. ‘Toby used to be a long way too proud to have performed it himself. ’ ‘I understand that’s what you think that, Jane, and that i want there has been whatever i may say to assist, yet there simply isn’t. And not less than Tintern’s going to undergo, no matter if it isn’t as an immediate results of what he did to Toby. You do recognize, don’t you, that by the point all his promises were known as, he’ll have misplaced his stocks in King George’s? And no one’s going to take any pity on him then. He’ll pay for what he did. ’ ‘But he’ll nonetheless be unfastened, that’s what irks me,’ she stated. ‘And he won’t understand the true cause he’s misplaced King George. ’ ‘When he’s declared bankrupt, I’ll make it my company to permit him understand how it occurred. ’ ‘But how did you do it, Simon? ’ ‘The timing used to be usually solid good fortune, yet initially it was once an opportunity comment of Frank’s that caused me. ’ I defined to her how Tintern had attempted to deliver Salmon Racing to its knees and, even if he’d failed, bid for it out of desperation whilst he observed he used to be going to lose the Buckingham Gate website. ‘But then, of course,’ I informed her, ‘it was once a loopy notion, and he was once too past due besides as the bookies have been making a living back. i suppose you'll say they’d outflanked him. ’ Jane nodded, even permitting herself a grin. ‘Gerald has to be seething – at simply the concept of wasting the inns, and red Silk relocating to a different backyard, so on the subject of the Champion Chase. ’ ‘Why didn’t you cling on till after Cheltenham? ’ ‘I couldn’t – now not as soon as I knew he’d been curious about Toby’s demise. I made him take all his horses away. I simply wish you could beat him on Nester. ’ I left Jane with gives you ringing in her ears that every thing humanly and legally attainable will be performed to make sure that larger by means of a long way beat red Silk within the Champion Chase in ten days’ time. yet my extra speedy, and no much less loved, goal was once to determine Gerald Tintern pay seriously and rapidly for his crimes. I had marked out Daniel Dunne as a guy who may reply greater to massive amounts of dirty banknotes than the rest. Having prepared with Frank that such amounts as i would want may be made to be had, I had phoned Daniel. with no telling him why i needed it, I’d prepared a gathering past due Saturday morning, in his small West finish place of work, a couple of hundred yards, because it occurred, from Toby’s final handle.

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