February 14, 2010 3:19 PM Subscribe
Born on Halloween in 1920
posted by chavenet (46 comments total)
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, died on Valentine's day 2010
, Dick Francis
great mysteries most of which centered on a world he knew well, with the racetrack at its omphalos.
Dick Francis was a champion jockey with 350 wins, but his horse Devon Loch
-- the Queen Mother's horse -- collapsed at the Grand National in 1956
, and the man never did win the UK's most important race.
From the Guardian
For Francis the scars of that day never really healed. He recently said: "The Devon Loch episode is still a terrible memory, even after all these years. I had had a terrific ride for four and a quarter miles on him and he pricked his ears up and I believe that is when the noise of the crowd hit him.
"I've looked at the newsreel time and time again and just as we were approaching the water jump, which he jumped on the first circuit, you see the horse prick his ears and his hindquarters just refused to work."
To "do a Devon Loch" enters the idiom
of the fall. [Warning, horse in pain.]