Based on the novel Odds Against and other stories by former jockey and bestselling author Dick Francis, this series goes inside the cutthroat world of British horse racing, where owners scheme, bookies connive, and greed leads to murder. Mike Gwilym stars as champion steeplechaser turned gumshoe Sid Halley, who risks his life to expose the scoundrels in the Sport of Kings. Seen on PBS's Mystery! in 1980-81. Six episodes; approx. 308 min. on 2 DVDs.
Seabury racecourse suffers a series of mysterious mishaps. Someone seems to be planning a takeover and will stop at nothing, not even murder. For his first case following his injury, Sid Halley relies on his friend, karate pro Chico Barnes, to help him save the track and find his feet as a gumshoe.
In the high-stakes sport of horse racing, the rich only want to get richer. As Sid learns to use his new prosthetic hand, he and Chico investigate why a winning horse keeps losing to long shots. They uncover race fixing, blackmail, and murder and realize that nothing is what it seems.
When a valuable horse dies in a suspicious road accident, Sid and Chico are hired to investigate a possible insurance scam. They unearth an international swindle, meet a beautiful woman who bets on a losing mare, and travel to Milan to discover the truth.
Horses for Courses
A long shot comes home first, and a bookie loses big. Sid and Chico discover a complex scheme for fixing bets, a web of shady outside interests, and a thug who kills to guarantee silence. Soon Sid's own life hangs in the balance.
When a famous retired racehorse is kidnapped, no ransom demands are made. Sid and Chico are called on to find the horse and bring him home. Meanwhile, a reporter learns that the crime could be linked to a man in prison who claims he's innocent. A publicity stunt will turn to tragedy unless Sid acts quickly.
Horses favored to win are running poorly, but why? When Sid discovers an empty syringe outside the stable of a promising colt, he asks a brilliant and beautiful friend at Cambridge to help him find answers. As Sid and Sally race to prevent disaster, their lives are on the line.
- Biography of Dick Francis
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 308 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"A superbly produced production...five hours of riveting entertainment"--Library Bookwatch
"Highly under rated and extremely watchable"--Memorable TV
"Suspense and intrigue are always on tap, as are plot twists that keep the story lines interesting and unpredictable"--Library Journal
"These are good, solid if somewhat formulaic stories that mystery fans should find pleasing, especially if they are race fans."--Crime Spree Cinema