Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Gentleman and His Jockey by J M Cartwright

Jockey Gem Hardaway has a race strategy that will not only carry him and Pilate to victory, it will also show that he's the best jockey at Templeton Yard. Lord Templeton, the Earl of Vickers, knows exactly what he wants to have happen at the racecourse. He demands Gem's obedience.

When an unruly horse intervenes, the Earl insists on a meeting of the minds. Gem is shocked to learn just what that entails.

Reviewer: BlackTulip
As always when I read a short story, I am left unsatisfied and this one is VERY short. But I have to admit that the author did a very good job about the description of the horse race and I'm not mad about horses and even less about races.

The two main characters are sketched very quickly but they are believable enough. There are basically two scenes, the race and a very hot encounter between Gem, a young jockey and his very aristocratic employer.

What bothers me is that we don't really know what the period is. There is not enough clues to really determine it.

Overall it was well written. I give it a 3.

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