Kiwi’s fairytale Cup story on TV

Filming on the set of Kiwi
Filming on the set of Kiwi

The story of Kiwi’s dramatic victory in the 1983 Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be screened on TVNZ 1 on Sunday at 8:30pm.

Nick Blake and Alison Bruce play Waverley farmer Snow Lupton and his wife Anne, owners of the $1,000 purchase who captured Australasian hearts.

The only horse to win the Gr.1 Wellington Cup (3200m) and Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in the same year, Kiwi was ridden to victory by New Zealand jockey Jimmy Cassidy.

Victory in the Egmont Cup (2100m) was Lupton’s unorthodox springboard to Melbourne Cup success. 

The makers of Kiwi enlisted three horses to play the star thoroughbred in Kiwi.


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