By Dick Francis

Architect Lee Morris has plans to revive Stratton Park racecourse to its former grandeur. however the combative Stratton heirs have violent plans in their personal.

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Don’t chance it,’ I acknowledged, virtually able to shake him. He bought the door open eventually and went throughout to unlatch a steel panel which printed banks of switches. ‘This one,’ he stated, urgent down with a click on. ‘You can converse direct from right here. permit me plug within the microphone. ’ He introduced an old school microphone from a drawer, geared up plug to socket, and passed me the tool. ‘Just speak,’ he stated. I took a breath and attempted to sound pressing yet no longer completely scary, although completely apprehensive used to be what i personally felt. ‘This is Dad,’ I acknowledged as slowly as i may, in order that they may perhaps listen essentially. ‘Christopher, Toby, Edward, Alan, the grandstands should not secure. anyplace you’re hiding, depart the stands and visit the gate within the rails the place we went via and down the direction final Saturday. exit in entrance of the stands, and assemble via that gate. The gate is the rallying aspect. move right away. The Bastille video game is over for now. It’s pressing that you simply move right away to the gate the place we went out onto the direction. It’s particularly close to the successful submit. move there now. The grandstands aren’t secure. they may blow up at any second. ’ I switched off briefly and acknowledged to Neil, ‘Do you take into accout how one can get to that gate? ’ He nodded and instructed me how, adequately. ‘Then you pass there too, will you, in order that the others can see you? And inform them what you observed. ’ ‘Yes, Dad. ’ I stated to Roger, ‘Have you the foremost to the gate? ’ ‘Yes, but–’ ‘I’d be happier in the event that they may perhaps exit via that gate and throughout to the profitable put up itself. Even that would now not be some distance adequate. ’ ‘Surely you’re exaggerating,’ he protested. ‘I wish to God i'm. ’ Neil hadn’t waited. I watched his little determine run. ‘We went to work out an previous manufacturing unit chimney being blown up,’ I stated to Roger. ‘The boys have been interested. They observed a few fees being set. It was once in basic terms 3 months in the past. ’ I spoke back into the microphone. ‘Boys, pass right down to the gate. It’s very very pressing. The stands are dangerous. they may blow up. simply run. ’ I became to Roger. ‘Could you release the gate for them? ’ He stated, ‘Why don’t you? ’ ‘I’d higher cost these wires, don’t you think that? ’ ‘But –’ ‘Look, I’ve acquired to ensure Neil is true, haven’t I? And we don’t be aware of whilst the costs are set for, will we? might be 5 mins, possibly 5 hours, might be after darkish. Can’t hazard it for the men, even though. need to get them out instantly. ’ Roger swallowed and made not more objections. jointly we ran from his place of work around to front of the stands, he taking the foremost with him, I eager to fee that every one 5 have been secure. The little knot by means of the gate grew to 4 as Neil reached them. 4, no longer 5. 4. now not Toby. I sprinted again to Oliver’s place of work and collected the microphone. ‘Toby, this isn't a online game. Toby, get off the stands. The stands should not secure. Toby, for Christ’s sake do what I say. this isn't a online game. ’ i may listen my voice reverberating around and during the construction and out within the paddocks. I repeated the pressing phrases once again after which ran around the stands back to ascertain that Toby had heard and obeyed. 4 boys.

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