The 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race, brotherly love and the triumph of the human spirit.
When his brother is killed in a riding accident just days before the Melbourne Cup, jockey Damien Oliver considers bowing out of the race. With the encouragement of horse trainer Dermot Weld, he realizes the best way he can pay tribute to his brother's memory.
The Melbourne Cup is called The Race That Stops a Nation, but never in the history of Australia's 150-year-old Thoroughbred Classic has there been so dramatic a contest as the 2002 running. The Cup follows the world's finest horsemen as they plot their paths across the globe - from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia - and into the Winners Circle of the richest and most prestigious two-mile handicap. But the heart of this true story is a young Australian jockey, Damien Oliver, who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident just days before the great race. To make matters worse, the same fate claimed Damien and Jason Oliver's father decades before. Following his brother's death, Damien suffers through an almost endless series of discouraging defeats only to triumph on one of sport's greatest stages in one of the most thrilling finales in all of sport.