IN THE BLOOD: THE STORY OF IRISH RACING
As a nation that prides itself on its unique connection with horsemanship, "In the Blood" traces the sport back to its earliest days before the Battle of the Boyne in the 17th Century and discusses the emergence of the Thoroughbred with the arrival of the three "genesis" horses whose bloodlines have created the modern day Thoroughbreds. The heritage and traditions of the sport are documented from the earliest races and the development of the rules of racing. It examines how, as the knowledge and traditions have developed over the years, it has grown into a sport of glorious achievement for the Irish in both Flat and National Hunt Racing.
The story of Irish racing is built around a journey through the Flat and National Hunt seasons, following leading trainers and taking a behind the scenes look at the sport. Viewers will follow the cycle of foaling, sales, training, racing and breeding with an emphasis on the unique human skills which have given Ireland a place among the leading racing nations.
As well as re-living some golden moments, such as ARKLE's triumph over MILL HOUSE in the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup, "In the Blood" offers a unique glimpse into the world of horse racing, showing behind the scenes archival footage and material that has never been aired before in addition to contributions from a host of insiders.
This is an exciting documentary and offers fantastic insight into an important part of Irish history and culture. This is an important film on the great tradition and living success story that is Irish racing and since Ireland is enjoying a golden age at the present, this documentary is a wonderful celebration of the sport. As Ireland continues to dominate the world of racing, it is a fitting time to tell the story of how it all began and how it became embraced at home and, more importantly, abroad.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||National Hunt / Jumps / Steeplechase|