10 LB Penalty Author:Dick Francis At eighteen, easygoing Benedict Juliard has no stronger ambition than to ride as an amateur jockey in steeplechase races. His father, driven toward a life of public service and politics, asks his only son to enter into a pact that neither of them will commit an act that could destroy the father's growing reputation and burgeoning political caree... more »r. Ben agrees lightheartedly, but as his father moves toward prime ministership, Ben finds himself targeted in a vicious attack mounted by his father's enemies. The father is to be discredited and destroyed through the son, and Ben is plunged into a frightening morass of lies and treachery.
In practice a 10 lb. penalty is the maximum extra weight a winning thoroughbred is normally set to carry in a horse race. A 10 lb. penalty can be a killer.« less