Phar Lap

Phar Lap


By (author) Geoff Armstrong, By (author) Peter Dr. Thompson

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 191mm x 8mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 186508994X
  • ISBN 13: 9781865089942
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Rev ed.
  • Sales rank: 393,962

Product description

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.

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Author information

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."

Review quote

"The story of one of the greatest racehorses of all time." --"The Quarter Horse"