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Dark Horse (2015)

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An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

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Jan Vokes ... Herself
Howard Davies ... Himself
Brian 'Daisy' Vokes ... Himself
Angela Davies ... Herself
Rewbell ... Horse
Tony Kerby ... Himself
Maureen Jones ... Herself
Eira Williams ... Herself
Derek Williams ... Himself
Dream Alliance ... Horse
Johnson White ... Himself
Sarah Hobbs ... Herself
Andy Smith ... Himself
Tom O'Brien ... Himself - Jockey
Buster ... Horse - Dream as Foal
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An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

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The incredible true story of Dream Alliance

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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17 April 2015 (UK)  »

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(2015) Dream Alliance now lives in comfortable retirement. See more »

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Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Paul Bateman
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records Ltd
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A well told true story of a small town's working class peoples' dream come true
5 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Who doesn't enjoy listening to a real life story about a bunch of working class people who go out on a limb and invest what little money that they really cannot afford to spend, to see if their dream of owning a winning racehorse for a chance to enter the unattainable winners circle and have their picture taken with their champion racehorse?

This is a well produced documentary style story of a group of 30 people who agreed to invest a weekly amount of 10 pounds for an entire year to bankroll a horse fund of $15,600 pounds. Their bankroll allowed them to purchase a mare for a paltry 600 pounds and find a stud with some racing credentials to which we get to witness the actual birth of this teams dream. By group consensus they chose to name their new colt Dream Alliance.

Next, the group went looking for a horse Trainer to which they agreed to pay top dollar for securing his knowledge. Their logic in securing an experienced Trainer was they could have paid less for an inexperienced Trainer but they felt that since their yearling had no experience and neither did they, they had a better chance drawing from a well experienced Trainer to pass his knowledge on to their horse, than having an inexperienced Trainer pass on as little experience to an even greener horse.

This story has its ups and downs and rather than give away any spoilers it is suffice to say that this group of 30 shared in Dream Alliance's victories and losses and that they seemed to have accomplished the impossible going from Nags to Riches over a several year period.

What Mrs. Shullivan and I drew from this truly inspirational film was the sheer pride and joy Dream Alliance brought not only to this group of 30 investors and their extended families, but also to the small town they lived in, and eventually across all of Wales. This is a heartwarming true story with many narrative scenes occurring in the local towns pub where the original investor Jan came up with her idea to breed her own racehorse. It is a warm and sincere film well worth watching. I give it an 8 out of 10 rating.


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