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The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game 

The cases of a disabled jockey turned private detective specializing in investigations involving horse racing.
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1980   1979  

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Mike Gwilym ...
 Sid Halley (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Chico Barnes (5 episodes, 1979)
James Maxwell ...
 Charles Roland (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Jenny Halley (2 episodes, 1979)
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Sid Halley, a champion jump jockey, had his hand and his career destroyed by a fall in a race, when a horse stepped on his hand. His ex-wife's father pulls him out of his depression by asking him to investigate some fishy deaths at Seabury race course, and the possibility that someone's planning a takeover. Sid, together with his friend, judo expert and ex-thug, Chico Barnes, start poking about and their success in the Seabury case lead to other race course cases: possible fixed races, shady insurance claims, betting scams, and a kidnaped stud. Six one-hour episodes: Odds Against, Trackdown, Gambling Lady, Horses for Courses, Horsenap, and Needle. Written by Kathy Li

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8 April 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Högt spel - strama tyglar  »

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This series was partially based on Dick Francis's novel "Odds Against". Several years after it was made, Francis wrote a second novel "Whip Hand" which featured the same hero, Sid Halley, and dedicated it to Mike Gwilym who had played Halley. See more »

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I liked the horse racing
24 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like the two leads and the horse racing gimmick. I was stranded in some jerkwater Kansas town with nothing to read and in a motel room with a 13" black and white TV with a wire coat hanger for an antenna. The local PBS station ran this and other Mystery! programs over and over the week I was there.

It was a life saver.

It's nothing major, but it was there when I needed it.

I found the two disk complete series while thumbing through the DVDs at my local library.

Wow, a full color 70s flashback.


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