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With breathtaking cinematography, director Cosima Spender's enthralling documentary captures the intensity of world's oldest horse race.

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  • The interview subjects aren't particularly eloquent, though; they tend to stop the movie dead in its tracks.

    May 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [A] fascinating documentary ...

    Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As dramatically satisfying as the most crowd-pleasing scripted sports saga.

    Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • Despite its oversights, the film - shot and scored beautifully - is an enthusiastic introduction to this delirious event and its peposo of passion, style and intrigue.

    Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • While Spender spends enough time with both new and retired jockey legends to collect a gold mine of macho, bullheaded rapport, you wish she delved deeper into the more sinister, behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings.

    Nov 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • If the film is understandably intoxicated by the multi-coloured spectacle on offer, it's under no illusions as to the insidious corruption and insane brutality unleashed on the path to the prize.

    Sep 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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