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Daniel Roke an experienced Australian stud farmer has been hired to investigate a series of horse dopings throughout Englands racing circuit Dan hoping to break free from his dull and tedious life in Australia accepted the offer when it was presented to him by The Earl of October Seeing as how October was one of the most respected and successful people in the business Dan was offered 20000 pounds for the completion of his job With his family in mind Dan set off to Octobers stables where he first began the mission that would change his life forever In Dick Franciss newest mystery novel For Kicks Daniel Roke discovers his true self by risking life and limb trying to expose the secret underground world of horse doping Disguised as a stable lad Dan makes his way through some of the dirtiest stables in England starting at Octobers and working his way down to Hedly Humbers all while earning the reputation of a criminal Dans investigation takes him to places hed never been before and makes him an enemy as well as a friend to many Dan quickly learns that people who would abuse horses would do far worse to humans and that as soon as you enter Humbers stable its no holds barred The author uses Daniel Roke a well-known stud farmer in Australia to depict the harsh realities of horse racing that many overlook Throughout Dans adventure he begins to realize how badly stable lads are treated and how often they are stereotyped as being terrible people He also finds it extremely difficult to stand by and allow people to abuse horses the way they Dan absolutely hates the disrespect and cruelty that the horses have to withstand and is completely shocked when he witnesses it first hand This exposure of corruption and hatred changes Dans view of horse racing completely It opens his eyes to a different world one of which he wishes
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