The Cup

Synopsis: Born into a legendary racing family, jockeys Damien Oliver and his brother, Jason, followed in their father's footsteps. Ray Oliver died tragically in a racing accident when the boys were young. But racing was in their blood, and Damien in particular inherited his father's gifts. His eye was on the greatest championship of them all, the prestigious Melbourne Cup. After years of training, he was ready. Damien would ride the powerful but temperamental Media Puzzle, under the watch of the great Irish trainer Dermot Weld. Some were not so sure about Media Puzzle's chances, but Weld was confident that the great jockey and spirited horse would make an unbeatable combination. As racing day approached, horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, fans and the media from around the globe descended on Melbourne. Weld's fiercest rival, Sheikh Mohammed, the Crown prince of Dubai, sent his best horses, anxious for a Melbourne Cup win. The news channels were filled with talk and speculation about Damien and M
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Simon Wincer
Production: Myriad Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Ladies and gentlemen, those

were the words of Mark Twain

over images filmed for the

Lumire brothers in 1896...

only ten months

after they invented the cinecamera.

The Melbourne Cup

still astonishes people.

It is still the race that stops

a nation,

and for that matter,

the entire racing world.

But you can't have a horserace

without jockeys...

men and women who,

despite the dangers,

dedicate their lives to keeping

this great sport alive and well.

So, back to business.

Jockey of the year,

and winner of

the Scobie Breasley Medal for 2002 is...

..for a record fourth time -

Damien Oliver.


He's out by two lengths.

Holds 'em at bay.

And Mr Murphy takes out the

Guineas for Damien Oliver.

Fields Of Omagh fighting back

with Magical Miss. Yes! Omagh!

Toledo's the leader in the

Newmarket. And Toledo!

Toledo for Damien Oliver.

Fubu on the run on the inside.

Umrun, Mr Murphy charge.

Mr Murphy!

Oh, he's done it again.

Viscount coming at her.

Sunline in front.

Northerly on the outside

going at Sunline.

They got very tight,

but Northerly

wins the Cox Plate!


I'd like to call on

one of Western Australia's

leading jockeys,

Damien's brother, Jason,

to make the presentation.

- Jason.

- Thanks, mate.

And they said

he'd never make it, hey?

Well, I did at least.

(Scattered laughter)

I was the one out there

riding professionally.

I was the one following

in our dad's footsteps.

And right in the middle

of my dream run,

my little brother races past

and leaves me in his dust.

Lately, he's been leaving

a few other people

in his dust as well.

But, Dame, my boy,

well done, mate.

We're all very proud of you.


I'd like to thank the judges,

my beautiful girlfriend, Trish.

No need to tell me

I'm batting above my average.

(Audience chuckles)

My good mate and manager

Neil Pinner. Good on ya, Pins.

And to Lee Freedman,

the best trainer in the country.

At least in his opinion.

(Audience laughs)

- Hey!

- And to my wonderful family.

Especially my mum and my nan,

watching this back in the west.

Mum, this is for you.


You too, Dad.

(Cheering and applause)

Ladies and gentlemen,

top jockey

and it's already gone

to his head.

Not happy with any of our horses

for this year's Melbourne Cup,

Damien is going to ride

for the enemy.

Hey, excuse me.

Since when, Dame?

Well, Lee hasn't got

a horse running

and there's nothing much else

about, so...

Suddenly an offer came out of

the blue that I couldn't refuse.

(Audience murmurs)

Don't tell me

the Irish wizard Dermot Weld?


What about riding

an Aussie horse, Damien?

I wouldn't go so far

as to call my little brother

a dirty rotten traitor,

but there are some amongst us

who would consider Ireland's

foremost trainer just...

Well, you know.

(Clock strikes the hour)

Where's Vinnie?

Dress To Thrill? Media Puzzle?


His people skills are

a little lacking, are they not?

I suppose it's understandable.

How about I take him out today?

Oh, thanks, Dave.

Hey. Easy now, big fella. Easy.


That's it.

That's it. Steady now.

Time to go out

to the gallops, boy.

You wouldn't want to be left

behind now, would you?

Claire, have you something

to tell us?

It's Media Puzzle.

He's playing up again.

As a herding animal,

a horse is a creature of habit,

particularly so in the case

of thoroughbreds training

for the track.

For, as we all know,

particularly those in my employ

as long as Mr Phillips,

any deviation

in a horse's training

will have a significant impact

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Eric O'Keefe

Eric O'Keefe (born March 11, 1961) is an American author, editor, and journalist based in Texas. His most recent book is the Palm Beach polo murder mystery The Perfect 10. He authored The Cup and also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie version of The Cup. O’Keefe has served as the editor-in-chief of The Land Report since its founding in 2007. more…

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