Dick Frances the Jockey on Devon Loch as can be seen here was a dejected and was inconsolable on the day and now has a successful career as a writer of racing related thrillers but even he must admit that life is stranger than fiction. IT was a plot that was too audacious for Dick Francis — the master storyteller himself — to even contemplate writing. He is not one for revelations, major life changes, and intimacies with strange interviewers, and he says he gets tired of answering the same questions again and again. Incredibly, from his warm-weather hideaway in the Caymans, Francis still has time to follow horse racing in Britain. His itinerary for this week was planned to the final minute. During a speech at the winner's party afterwards he joked that he 'wished that he'd let the bugger die'. He put a jacket on and went to see the Royal party who included the Queen and Princess Margaret.
Francis rarely re-used his lead characters. Retrieved 14 February Add to Cart Add to Cart. With such a large field, the Grand National offers bettors plenty of opportunity. The incident is almost always replayed during television build-up coverage on Grand National day.
Once Devon Loch cleared the last hurdle and was on the lead, Francis recollected his certainty that he was going to win the race: Shortly after becoming a professional, he was offered the prestige job of first jockey to Vivian Smith, Lord Bicester. A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. Archived from the original on 14 November
A quarter of a million racegoers, who had been roaring home the royal winner, were stunned into total silence as ESB and Dave Dick, who had settled for second, swept past as the luckiest winners of the National. As we came to pass the water jump on the run-in, Devon Loch pricked his ears. Francis's manager and co-author of his later books was his son Felix, who left his post as teacher of A-Level Physics at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire in order to work for his father. She contracted polio while pregnant with their first child. Limonali Jockey David Nicholson completed a hat-trick of wins on board Limonali, who was also winning the race for the second time. Francis may be frail now and shuffle along when he walks, but there's still a twinkle in his eye and his mind is razor sharp.