When I first thought about horse racing I would envisage the elaborate costumes and over-indulgent celebrations of the young men and women having a good time. This does exist, however I discovered that the beating heart of this industry lies somewhere else.
Never far from the TV’s, with a racing form in hand are the punters. The mood is reserved, punctuated by cheers when the race is underway. All day they bet against the Bookmaker. Some go home empty handed while others have more luck.
These two groups co-exist at the racetrack, yet they couldn’t be less alike. Sport of Kings was shot throughout the Queensland Spring racing season, which culminates with the local celebration of the Melbourne Cup.
The series is divided into two segments. The punters have been observed quietly, their habits and quirks captured discreetly by the camera. In contrast the series takes a turn for the obnoxious when the young partygoers are in the spotlight. Initially the vibrant scenes depicted appear fun and exciting. Yet as the sun fades the observation portrays a progressive disintegration into chaos and finally quiet.