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Now showing at Scarborough Library Vernon Road,Scarborough,North Yorkshire YO11 2NN 01723 383401

  • Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance 3 stars

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A life-affirming documentary about a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Indie
  • DirectorLouise Osmond.
  • WriterLouise Osmond.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.darkhorsefilm.co.uk
  • Release17/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Not to be confused with James Napier Robertson's New Zealand drama The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's life-affirming documentary reveals the true story of a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite. She establishes a syndicate of 30 locals, who pay 10 each per month towards the animal's care. They choose a foal with dubious racing pedigree and pay 7,000 pounds for the animal, christening the horse Dream Alliance, which they stable down on the allotments. With guidance from a top-class trainer, Dream Alliance becomes a beacon of hope for Cefn Fforest and stuns pundits when it wins a series of high-profile races against seasoned opposition.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Friday 6th May 2016