The race is on and Hector looks in trouble. The radio race-caller (Tal Ordell) becomes increasingly excited as Poo, Windbag and Stonker fight for the lead – but Hector isn’t done yet.
The race was actually filmed in Rockhampton, Queensland, because goat races were illegal in NSW. Director Tal Ordell gives a sense of his comic talents as the race-caller, but the sequence is well put-together, with a variety of shots calculated to increase the sense of speed and to elongate the sense of time. The titles are also inventively drawn to make use of repetition and exaggeration. This sequence would have been accompanied by a high-energy musical accompaniment, performed live in the theatre.
The film premiered at the Wintergarden Theatre in Brisbane on 9 June 1927, and was moderately profitable – but it has been revived many times in the last 30 years, with great popular success.