RIDE LIKE A GIRL -- family fare and a warning for racing.
My suggestion: fathers with young daughters should see this movie together.
Given that local movies get 'one star' as the usual weight-allowance, the SMH reviewer giving it 'three stars' was a warning.
My ranking is 'five stars' with no allowance claimed -- a nicely restrained story with even Sam the-father Neill kept under a tight rein.
The Cup victory may be the backdrop but the real story is about the legendary Payne family -- especially the father daughter interaction -- and the intervention of the racing godmothers to write a fairy-tale truth.
................. my reservations mainly flow from the risk of encouraging an interest in racing gambling among the young.
In good conscience I could not encourage my grandchildren to have any thing to do with a racing industry that its greed-driven administrators have so corrupted -- well on a par with the bankers' corruption of the retail financial system.
Among racing administrators, Racing Victoria has led the most determined destruction of a wonderful cultural heritage.
The wonderful irony of Michelle Payne's winning ride is the way it gave the finger to RVL -- and a warning.
A girl on a local horse winning at 100/1, could hardly have mocked more brutally the stupidity of RVL administrators wrecking a national icon by pandering to unknown, second rate, international raiders on a hit-and-run mission -- a very Melbourne cultural cringe!
Melbourne racing has not recovered its credibility -- and its administrators, digging the hole deeper with 'inflated-field' racing, are ensuring it never will -- Saturday after Saturday the unfairness is patently obvious in the race results.
Don't go there!