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    Events leading up to the International horse race at Belmont Park where Zev beats Papyrus.

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    Item title reads - The Great International Race. Papyrus v. Zev (October 20th 1923) for purse of £20,000 and American Jockey Club £1000 Gold Challenge Cup at Belmont Park. USA (U.S.A.)

    Intertitle - 'The only authentic and complete picture record of this historic event.' M/S of the trophy, The US and English flags are faded in behind it. M/S of Papyrus' name slotted into a board. M/S of Papyrus and jockey, C/U of Papyrus' face, he waggles his ears. M/S of Zev's name being put into the board. M/S of Zev and jockey posing for camera, they ride off. M/S of Zev and another horse walking up the field. Intertitle - 'It was Zev's hollow victory in the Kentucky Derby that lead his admirers in America to put out the Challenge to our best 3 year old.' Various shots of Zev racing along some are in slow motion, the jockey is handed flowers afterwards.

    Intertitle - 'Mr Ben Irish sportingly accepted the challenge and risked hazardous trip of his Derby winner to America and many other disadvantages.' M/S of Mr Irish stood by the ship. Intertitle - 'Green Lodge, Papyrus' home at Newmarket - the headquarters of horse racing.' L/S as camera pans across the sprawling Lodge. The horses ride through a gate, M/S as they all race off around the field without jockey or saddle, various shots as they have a good run. M/S of a horse being walked round in a circle. M/S as they are walked back into the stable yard. M/S of them in their stables.

    Intertitle - 'The race brought together two evenly matched horses in physical measurements.' M/S of a diagram of the two horses, various measurements appear such as height, girth and weight and also measurements between the eyes. It also shows their family trees. Intertitle - 'Even Zev has British blood in his veins. His Sire - The Finn - is more than half British.' C/U of The Finn's head, it is walked round a field. Intertitle - 'Tracery - the Sire of Papyrus - the greatest race horse of his day.' C/U of Tracery's head and M/S of him in the yard.

    Intertitle - 'Papyrus leaves and was well guarded against accident - his stall in the Aquitania was fitted with pneumatic cushions.' M/S as men pump the cushions up at the side and floor and test them. Papyrus is led up the ramp onto the ship.

    Intertitle - 'At Belmont Park - Dr V. Pride-Jones, his veterinary Surgeon - and Basil Jarvis, trainer, right.' M/S of the two men stood with two others and the horse and jockey. C/U of the two men and the horse.

    Intertitle - 'Doubts arose as to whether Zev or My Own should be the chosen candidate, but Zev completely satisfied the Committee on his final trial.' M/S of Zev in profile, a man pats his head. Intertitle - 'In his "work outs" or trials, Papyrus showed fine form and the odds veered round in his favour.' Various shots of Papyrus in action including slow motion shots and C/Us. Intertitle - 'Unique pictures of Papyrus' beautiful style and action.' Various shots of Papyrus including C/U of his head and pan down to his legs, slow motion shots show his muscular frame. M/S as he is groomed.

    Intertitle - The Big Day dawns and all highways lead to Belmont Park.' M/S of the British and American flags flying. People walk about at the park. Intertitle - 'Thousand of cars parked in every space.' Various shots of the car parks which are all full. Intertitle - 'The Grand Stand and Track as seen from the air.' L/S aerial view of the course and stands at the side. Intertitle - '70,000 fans eager to see the best horse prove his worth.' L/S of the crowds, various shots make them look like ants.

    Intertitle - 'Weighing in.' Various shots as jockeys get on the scales. Intertitle - 'Friendly Rivals.' The two jockeys shake hands and chat. The names of the horses and the odds are slotted into place and a wheel is turned to lift the board upright. M/S from above as the horses are led onto the course.

    Intertitle - 'The Parade.' The horses walk up the course, one goes sideways. A man stands in a tower with a stopwatch.

    Intertitle - 'And none watched with more interest than Major Belmont - the Promoter and Sponsor of the race.' M/S of the Major, he looks through his binoculars.

    Intertitle - 'Off! Papyrus jumps off with the lead - but Zev soon overtakes him.' The two race off down the course, Zev goes out in front and we see the race from various angles. Intertitle - 'At the half mile, Zev leads by one and half lengths time 50 2/5 seconds.' L/S as they continue the race round the course. Intertitle - 'In the backstretch.' L/S as they race, Zev is out in front.

    Intertitle - 'At the distance - Zev, whom conditions suited, comes away to win easily in 2 minutes 35 2/5 seconds.' Zev races ahead, he is quite a way in front, the crowds cheer from the stands. M/S of Zev trotting along after the race, M/S of the winning jockey smiling. M/S as they take Zev's blinkers off, the jockey dismounts. M/S of the American flag, it fades to show the horse and jockey on the field.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    01:28:07:00 / 01:50:33:00
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