Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance

Director: Louise Osmond
85 mins Film4 Archive

Louise Osmond's documentary is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is an inspirational true story set in the village of Cefn Fforest in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales. When Jan Vokes, the barmaid at a local working men's club, overhears a regular talking about the time he owned a share of a racehorse, she decides to breed a racehorse of her own and goes into business with the regular and her husband. Together they buy a £300 thoroughbred mare and pair her with an aging stallion, then unite with 23 friends in the village who form a syndicate paying £10 a week to raise the resulting foal. Raised on a slagheap allotment, to the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream Alliance grows up to be an unlikely champion, until one day disaster strikes...


Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.