Arkle (1 x 60′) – To mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Cheltenham Gold Cup clash between Arkle and Mill House in 1964.
The documentary takes a look at that momentous occasion and reflects on a golden era when Arkle changed the face of jump racing. It also examines how the legend of Arkle has grown over the past half century and draws upon comparisons with today’s great chasers.
All surviving connections associated with the great horse are featured within the documentary from his work rider Paddy Woods; to head lad Johnny Lumley; Jim Dreaper, son of trainer Tom Dreaper; Cath Walwyn, wife of the late Fulke Walwyn; Alison Baker, breeder of Arkle and Stan Mellor, one of the few jockeys ever to have beaten Arkle. The documentary also features 95-year-old broadcasting legend Sir Peter O’Sullevan, whose evocative commentaries on Arkle’s three successive Gold Cups from 1964-1966 perfectly captured those thrilling occasions. Other contributors to “Arkle – The Legend Lives On” include Brough Scott, Hugh McIlvanney, Ted Walsh, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, racing analyst Donn McClean and Senior Irish National Hunt handicapper Noel O’Brien.
Channel: Channel 4
Producer: Touchline Media
TX: 13th March 2014
Source: Channel 4 press release