A Hollywood film director is reportedly close to a deal to bring the story of Welsh Grand National winner Dream Alliance to the silver screen.
Born on a disused allotment next to Blackwood rugby club and owned by a group of 23 friends from Cefn Fforest, the horse romped home to win the 60th Welsh Grand National in December last year.
Owned by members of the village’s Top Club working men’s club the horse was a 20-1 outsider for the race. The win capped a remarkable comeback for the horse after severing a tendon in his front leg in the 2008 Grand National at Aintree.
The 23-strong syndicate forked out £20,000 to save the horse with stem-cell surgery.
The Daily Mail reports that documentary film-maker Mike Scott had been following the horse and the owners for the past two years.
Syndicate spokesman Howard Davies told the paper that when Dream Alliance won at Chepstow in December the film maker said: “I’ve got it all in the can, so please don’t leave me behind when you get the phone call from Hollywood.”
Mr Davies told the paper: “I laughed at the time, then the next morning I did get a call from Justin Golding, a film writer and director from Wales who is now based in Los Angeles.”
Negotiations are now taking place with Golding, who directed God’s Forgotten House and the western The Gods Of Circumstance and filming could start this summer.