"Overdose" was the champion of champion race horses, he became a symbol of hope to Hungarians after years of social decline, but staking your national mood on a horse turns out to be an unpredictable and risky bet.
"Hungary's spirits are back up - on a horse", declare the newspaper headlines. "The horse who gave a nation back its pride." When the thoroughbred is pounding down the manicured furlongs of an international racecourse - its jockey clad in the red, white and green of the Hungarian flag - the country can forget about the resignation of its Prime Minister, the rapid devaluation of its currency, and the IMF bailout. In these times of economic anemia, the four-year-old Overdose has become the Hungarian Seabiscuit. "The Hungarian people are starving for some kind of success, for something to look up to", says Zoltan Mikoczy, the horse's owner. "Some of us think we are going to change the world with this horse." Bought for a pittance back in 2006, Overdose - nicknamed the Budapest Bullet - was a revelation, going on to win five derbies and eight championships with his training team based in Dunakezsi. But when Mikoczy becomes embroiled in scandal over smuggling lawsuits and bankruptcy claims...Written by