Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.

The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game: Gambling Lady (1979)

This third episode isn’t as good as the first two.  Compared to the genuine human drama, and occasional tragedy, of the first two episodes, this one is almost entirely lighthearted, which I guess isn’t a huge problem, but it does seem jarring.  A valuable horse is killed in an accident, but are things not what they seem?  Of course.  Great supporting work from Anthony Steel & Caroline Blakiston as an Italian count and his flamboyant wife, the lady of the title.  There’s some good plot twists here, but it just feels fluffy after the heavy drama of the first two episodes here.  A shoehorned and cheesy romance angle is out of place and silly as well.  And this one has an incredibly abrupt and pretty unsatisfying ending.  3 stars.

tl;dr – solid enough episode, with some great guest performances and a suitably engaging plot, but it’s jarringly fluffy and unemotional; a silly ending doesn’t help.  3 stars.

The Racing Game!