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04 November - Phar Lap, Melbourne Cup Winner with Original Video

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:29 am

Today in Australian History
Tuesday, November 4, 1930.

** see video below - orignal footage of Phar Lap and the Melbourne Cup
For greater in depth information on the Melbourne Cup, history, winners and much much more ... click here

Australia's greatest racehorse, Phar Lap, wins the Melbourne Cup.
This horse stop the nation.. and to this day the nation stops for this one event each year.

Phar Lap,
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a giant chestnut thoroughbred gelding, standing 17.1 hands high, is regarded by many to be Australia's and New Zealand's greatest racehorse.

A much loved Australian national icon, he was actually born and bred in Timaru, in the South Island of New Zealand, but never raced in New Zealand.

The name Phar Lap was derived from the shared Zhuang and Thai word for lightning. According to the Museum Victoria, medical student Aubrey Ping often visited the track in Randwick, talking with riders and trainers. He had learned some Zhuang from his father, who migrated to Australia from southern China.

He reputedly suggested "Farlap" as the horse's name. Sydney trainer Harry Telford liked the name, but changed the F to a Ph to create a seven letter word, and split it into two words, so as to replicate the dominant pattern set by Melbourne Cup winners.

The Giant dominates the race tracks
Phar Lap dominated the
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racing scene in Australia during a long and distinguished career. In the four years of his racing career, he won 37 of 51 races he entered.

During 1930 and 1931, he won 14 races in a row. On 4 November 1930, ridden by Jimmy Pike, Phar lap won the Melbourne Cup.

He started as the shortest-priced favourite in the history of the race at odds of 8–11, having finished third in 1929.

Phar Lap dies in America.
Phar Lap died in April 1932. A necropsy revealed that the horse's stomach and intestines were inflamed, and many believed he had been deliberately poisoned.

A variety of theories have been propounded through the years.

In 2006 Australian Synchrotron
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Research scientists said it was almost certain Phar Lap was poisoned with a large single dose of arsenic 35 hours before he died, supporting the belief that Phar Lap was killed on the orders of US gangsters, who feared the Melbourne-Cup-winning champion would inflict big losses on their illegal bookmakers.

The horse that had heart
Phar Lap's heart was a remarkable size, weighing 6.2 kg, compared with a normal horse's heart at 3.2 kg.

Phar Lap's heart is now
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held at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. It is consistently the display visitors request most often to see, and pay their respects to the gentle, big-hearted giant of the horse racing world.

Phar Lap was one of five inaugural inductees into both the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the Top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred champions of the 20th century, Phar Lap was ranked No. 22.

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Re: 04 November - Phar Lap, Melbourne Cup Winner with Original Video

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:15 pm

For greater in depth information on the Melbourne Cup, history, winners and much much more ...

http://alldownunder.com/australian-race ... ne-cup.htm
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