Another fine outing from good old Dick Francis, a follow up to Break In (which I blogged here).
Break In's protagonist, jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding, is beset by numerous problems. He races for Princess Casilia, whose husband is being pressured by an evil French businessman to sell out. He's engaged to the Princess's niece, the lovely Danielle, but fears he's losing her to Prince Litsi, a dashing, handsome, rich sophisticate. And he's still being persecuted by his old family nemesis Allerdeck. And someone is killing the horses he rides with a humane "bolt" gun—hey, just like in No Country for Old Men.
I say this a lot: I avoided Dick Francis because I don't care about horses that much. That was a mistake.