dark horse

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

(2015) Di­rected by Louise Os­mond

Sport is filled with un­der­dog sto­ries, but here’s a doozy. A bar­maid and su­per­mar­ket worker in a for­mer Welsh min­ing vil­lage con­vinces two dozen friends and neigh­bours to join her in a race­horse syn­di­cate. They raise GBP300 to buy a thor­ough­bred mare, hire a stal­lion to do his thing, and Dream Al­liance is born, raised on an al­lot­ment, put into train­ing, then wins the Welsh Grand Na­tional. Dark Horse is not a rags-toriches story in the strictest sense, be­cause de­spite the race suc­cess, Jan Vokes and her syn­di­cate do not re­ceive ma­te­rial gains. They are al­tered im­mea­sur­ably, how­ever, by their re­al­i­sa­tion that life doesn’t have to be bor­ing and that be­ing part of some­thing big­ger than your­self is its own re­ward. Rocky meets The Full Monty in real-life: who wouldn’t want to see that?

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