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Few Melbourne Cups have been influenced by the events that surrounded Media Puzzle's win in 2002 with jockey Damien Oliver on his back. The cup is a combination of wonderful stories - the tragedy that hit generations of Oliver's family; the love of an Irishman for a race on the other side of the world; and the burning but fruitless quest of an oli-rich sheikh to win Australia's greatest race. All of which were overwhelmed by the genius of a jockey and his capacity to win, for his brother.
The Cup is now a major motion picture directed by Simon Wincer, and featuring popular Australian actor/comedian Stephen Curry as Damien Oliver. The movie is due for release in October 13th.