Phar Lap: How a Horse Became a Hero of His Time and an Icon of a Nation

Phar Lap: How a Horse Became a Hero of His Time and an Icon of a Nation

by Geoff Armstrong, Peter Thompson
     
 

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A chronicle of the impact of a much-loved and much-lauded horseracing icon, this is a complete account of Phar Lap’s life. It details the many mysteries of his career, from his purchase as a gangly gelding bought cheaply in New Zealand to the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and his tragic,…  See more details below

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A chronicle of the impact of a much-loved and much-lauded horseracing icon, this is a complete account of Phar Lap’s life. It details the many mysteries of his career, from his purchase as a gangly gelding bought cheaply in New Zealand to the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and his tragic, previously unexplained death in the United States. Bringing to life the characters of the racetrack, this book also examines the way the media played a part in building the legend. Beautifully presented with archival photographs, newspaper articles, and racing memorabilia, this book commemorates one of the best racehorses of all time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Phar Lap, the one and only, a freak, a horse of the century.”  —A. B. “Banjo” Paterson, jockey and poet

“The story of one of the greatest racehorses of all time.”  —The Quarter Horse

California Thoroughbred Magazine
Beautiful new book that contains all kinds of new and updated information about this legendary Australian champion.
Contra Costa Times
A must on the shelves of racing fans and historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781865089942
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
785,752
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author


Geoff Armstrong is the author of A Century of Summers and the coauthor of The People’s Game and Whiticisms. Peter Thompson is a sports commentator and writer for Age, Financial Review, and Business Review Weekly.

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