Ex-national Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is the natural
successor to Dick Francis (Irish Times).
When Charlie Patterson and Nick Ryder begin training together
they strike gold in their first season. The two lifelong friends
have been sent a yearling by Kate Scanlan, the attractive boss of
a local animal rescue centre. Willow Star, as the scrawny filly
is named, is sold to Major Patterson, Charlie's step-father, and
the youngster quickly defies her looks by establishing herself as
one of the fastest of her age. A stab
at the following year's classic races is about to begin when,
without warning, Major Patterson informs Charlie and Nick that he
is selling Willow Star to another yard.
The ambitious trainers see their chance of hitting the big time
disappear when their attempts to deter the sale fail. What ensues
is a thrilling tale of mystery that finds Charlie cornered, facing
the impossible dilemma of having to choose precisely where his loyalties
lie - with his best friend Nick or with his family - and needing
to solve a murder to stay alive...