Racehorse stars in new film released this week

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A racehorse is the star of a new film that hits cinemas across the UK this week (Friday 27 April).

Outside Bet follows the journey of a group of friends who have found themselves at the bad end of a redundancy payout in 1980s Britain.

They invest their savings into a racehorse called The Mumper, hoping that one final race can turn their fortune around.

The film has received support from the racing community to ensure that the plot is as believable as possible.

Mark Kershaw [who was managing director of Newbury racecourse until 2008] was our racing adviser, and his knowledge kept us on the right line,” producer Bob Benton told H&H.

“We also had a lot of input from jockeys and trainers, including Philip Mitchell.”

The majority of the filming was done at Windsor and Sandown racecourses as well as at Philip Mitchell’s Epsom yard.

Outside Bet stars a host of British actors including Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins and BAFTA winner Jenny Agutter.

It is inspired by the novel The Mumper and is directed by Sacha Bennett.

“A group of the production team has formed a syndicate and our horse, The Mumper, will be running at Chepstow on the day of the film’s release,” added Mr Benton.

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk