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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.
|Publisher:||Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.64(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
|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|
|Acknowledgements and sources||234|