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

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This is the most complete account of Phar Lap's life ever published. It studies in depth the many mysteries of his career, including the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup. It brings to life the characters of the racetrack and examines the way an emerging media played its part in building the legend. It provides the definitive analysis of his previously unexplained death in North America. And it explains why Phar Lap is ...
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Overview

This is the most complete account of Phar Lap's life ever published. It studies in depth the many mysteries of his career, including the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup. It brings to life the characters of the racetrack and examines the way an emerging media played its part in building the legend. It provides the definitive analysis of his previously unexplained death in North America. And it explains why Phar Lap is so much more than simply a racehorse.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781865083469
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.00 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Prologue xiii
Part I The racehorse
Chapter 1 The unraced two-year-old Cashy's champion 3
The Breeding--He could be anything 13
Chapter 2 Autumn 1929 I don't think he'll stay 19
Chapter 3 Spring 1929 A tale of two Bobbies 29
Chapter 4 Autumn 1930 He could've won by a furlong 55
Chapter 5 Spring 1930 Double trouble 69
The Shooting--Warning or spectacle? 83
Chapter 6 Cup Day 1930 Wonderful what a horse can do 89
Chapter 7 Autumn 1931 A change of colours 105
Chapter 8 Spring 1931 Splits in the stable 117
Chapter 9 Autumn 1932 It's a long way to Caliente 137
The Death--Who killed Phar Lap? 155
Part II The icon
The media star 169
A view from the press box 179
Devoted to the cause 183
Remembering Phar Lap 197
Standing tall: The museum exhibit 207
Phar Lap's pedigree 211
Phar Lap's racing statistics 216
Glossary 226
Further reading 233
Acknowledgements and sources 234
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    Investigating Australasia's Racehorse Legend

    Phar Lap was a New Zealand thoroughbred who became an Australasian racehorse hero and legend in the 1930's depression years. This book set out to look at the many stories surrounding the horse, his human companions and his death on US soil. If you are interested in racing, racehorses or Australiana\ Australian history this book makes for excellent reading although it created some controversy when first released.

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