Dark Horse

Inspirational true story of a group of friends from a Welsh working men’s club who take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. "Up there with the great underdog stories." (Total Film)

“With its sheer warmth and likability, this good-natured documentary won my heart – a real-life The Full Monty or Billy Elliot. In 2000, Jan Vokes was a barmaid and part-time cleaner in the Welsh village of Cefn Fforest, a place depressed both economically and emotionally. Jan conceived the idea of organising a syndicate to breed a racehorse: drinkers in the bar would get a share in return for a weekly £10 sub.

“Her funding model was genius. When Jan and her fellow owners cheerfully rocked up at posh racing meets, toffee-nosed types would mock. But their horse, Dream Alliance, showed them what was what.

“Jan herself is a vivid, wonderful character. And her husband Brian and chief partner Howard Davies are tremendous. It won’t be long before they are impersonated by Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent et al.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


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