About how long was Dick Francis' horse racing career?  

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Welsh jockey and writer Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis (1920-2010) established successful careers as both a champion jockey and award-winning crime novelist. After serving in World War II as a fighter pilot, he retired from the service in 1946 and shortly after began his horse racing career. He won more than 350 races, winning the British National Hunt racing championship in 1953-1954. In 1953, he became the jockey for mounts owned by Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), continuing to ride her horses until a serious accident ended his 10-year racing career in 1957.

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