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Charlie Patterson and Nick Ryder strike gold in their first season of training together: Kate Scanlan, the attractive boss of a local animal rescue center, has sent them a yearling who looks like their chance at hitting the big time. Sold to Major Patterson, Charlie's stepfather, Willow Star defies her looks by establishing herself as one of the fastest of her age. But the ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published 1997 by Headline
(first published 1996)
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This is a lively tale of two good friends, jockeys in a racing yard who want to establish their own training yard. Both of them fancy an animal rescue centre worker, who brings them an injured young filly. However this is a time of recession and Lloyds have enticed outsiders to invest knowing, so the book claims, that investments are shortly going to collapse and the older investors would be saved by having taken out their money. Little money remains for buying racehorses and paying for their tr ...more
Another plot that stretches the suspension of disbelief a shade too much and characters that need some life breathed into them. The writing flows well enough for escapism but the reader cannot immerse themselves sufficiently enough to avoid the surface swells because it is overly shallow.
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