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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Champion
Gregory Jones ...
Mick Dillon ...
Ann Bell ...
Valda Embiricos
Jan Francis ...
Jo Beswick
Nick Embiricos
Josh Gifford
Burly Cocks
Mary Hussey
Ceri Jackson ...
1st Nurse
Francesca Brill ...
2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde ...
Dr. Merrow


The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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Release Date:

20 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajnokok  »

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First cinema film of Alison Steadman. See more »


The tiny silver horseshoe 'lucky charm' was not given to Bob Champion by Jo Beswick when she visited him in hospital. It was sent to him by a couple from Cheltenham, with instructions that he should carry it in the race. See more »


Mary Hussey: Oh Bob. You're cured, so it's time to face the facts. Riding again was a dream! It helped you through your illness.
Bob Champion: Don't waste your breath.
Mary Hussey: The doctor told you your lungs are permanently damaged! You're as weak as a kitten! You've no feeling in your hands or feet! Bob, you can't ride a bicycle!
Bob Champion: Yes, it will take a little time...
Bob Champion: Sick or not, you're gonna have to face this sooner or later. What are you gonna do with the rest of your life? You can't be a jockey forever!
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Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »


Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
(Deleted from general release print)
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A statement about champions
22 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a compelling story that truly opens your eyes to the possibilities in life. The story is remarkable, and many would say if this was fiction, too unbelievable. Here is the story of Bob Champion, a jockey who gets struck down with cancer which should of ended his career. He got so ill he could hardly breathe, nor did he have any feeling in his hands or feet. Then there's his mount Aldaniti, a horse of similar bad luck. Suffering from a ruptured tendon, this horse under normal circumstances would be put to sleep, but the owners keep him alive. Yet together, Bob Champion and Aldaniti go on to win the greatest race in horse racing, the grand national.


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