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Racing Game, The

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
6 x 60 minute episodes

A thriller series based on the stories of ex-jockey Dick Francis, this six episode offering from Yorkshire Television starred Mike Gwilym as disabled steeplechase jockey Sid Halley .

After losing a hand in a bad riding accident, Halley turns private investigator of crimes on the seamy side of the racing world.

Since the doping/gambling fix/horse-napping etc was committed by villains direct from Baddies-R-Us, a solution was usually reached.

Despite successes against dopers and nobblers, betting-coup merchants and horsenappers, Halley and his assistant Chico Barnes (Mick Ford) failed to win over viewers and a second series was not commissioned.

Sid Halley
Mike Gwilym
Chico Barnes
Mick Ford