The Long Run - The story of Richard Rowe

The thrill of the race. The prospect of winning. The feeling of intense anticipation as a tightly knit band of racehorses fight for the lead. It’s a two-minute roller coaster ride. Not just for the punters, but for the jockeys, the owners the horses and, of course, the trainer.

This is Richard Rowe’s life. As a racehorse trainer he lives at the track. It is here where his fortune is made or lost and it is here where he is judged by the spectators, his peers and those who own the horses he trains. It’s a merciless business. Fuelled by betting, winning, performance and the commoditisation of animals.

This is the impression we get of Richard Rowe when we see him at the track. But in truth, there is much more to his character than the calculating businessman. At his home in West Sussex, a completely different picture emerges: that of a warm-hearted, passionate individual who loves the horses he trains as much as his own family.

This is the duality that is captured in “The Long Run”. It is the classic portrayal of a public persona that lies in contrast with the private persona. Yet both sides to Richard’s character do not conflict. Because one side cannot happily exist without the other. This coexistence is what unfolds throughout the course of this film, where both fundamental elements of Richard’s character are combined: the cold, sometimes hard life at the track and his warm, benevolent life with his horses.
Sometimes I win, sometimes I loose. But in the long run, it's worth it. I couldn't really ask for more in life.
Richard Rowe