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During the 1860s, Dave Powers, apprentice to a horse trainer, volunteers to ride Archer to the Melbourne Cup race. Their start is 600 miles from Melbourne, and the journey is anything but easy. Of course, the pair have numerous adventures along the way, and in the end Archer competes in the Melbourne Cup race. Written by
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17 starters lined up for the first Cup. Before they could be got away, the mare Twilight, bolted and galloped a full circuit of the course before she could be captured. Despite this she was allowed to take her place in the field. The start was good, with Flatcatcher the first to show out from Archer. As the runners entered the straight for the first time Medora fell, bringing down Dispatch and the unfortunate Twilight. Twilight was immediately up on her feet and bolted off the course. Medora and dispatch were fatally injured. Meanwhile, Archer had raced to the front at the river turn. He held his lead comfortably to the straight entrance where he was three lengths clear of Antonelli, with Mormon, Prince and Toryboy in a bunch behind the second runner. In the run home Archer cleared right away to win as he liked from Mormon who finished well, with Prince third and Antonelli fourth. The time was 3m 42s. No Melbourne Cup has ever taken longer to run. While this movie suggests that Archer walked to the 1st Melbourne Cup from Sydney, all evidence suggests that he actually went by boat. As a result this movie is completely redundant. Nevertheless, it is the greatest story and greatest movie of our time. Archer won the next year as well.
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