More than just a horse race - Title: The Cup (PG)

PROBABLY everyone in this country remembers the emotion exhibited by Damien Oliver when he won the Melbourne Cup in 2002. It’s the stuff of sporting history. 

But for most of us, a one-liner on television doesn’t reveal the background to this most significantly cathartic win. The Cup attempts to redress that.

The film opens with champion jockey Damien (Curry) winning the Scobie Breasely Medal early in 2002. His brother Jason (MacPherson), himself a jockey, applauds Damien’s win. Damien’s girlfriend Trish (Gordon) looks on with pride.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, trainer Dermot Weld (Gleeson) has his eye on Damien for a ride on one of the two horses he is intending to compete in the Melbourne Cup of that year. The horse is Media Puzzle, who also ran in the stable of owner Sir Michael Smurfit (Lewis Fitz-Gerald).

Damien’s father, another noted jockey, died in the course of his chosen career, and another tragedy