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Phar Lap jockey's saddle, 1930-32

This racing saddle belonged to jockey Billy Elliot, who role Phar Lap on seven occasions between 1930 and 1932, winning every race, including his final race at Agua Caliente, Mexico, in March 1932.


Thoroughbred, 1936: Stormalong's last race

This black-and-white clip from the feature film 'Thoroughbred' (1936) shows the champion horse Stormalong racing in the Melbourne Cup, being shot and then dying after winning. It opens with scenes of the race intercut with scenes of spectators and a glimpse of a gunman. The action then shifts to trainer Tommy Dawson (Frank ...


Horse racing at Victoria Park, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph showing horse racing at Victoria Park Racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, in about 1910. In the foreground are horses, jockeys and trainers in the mounting yard before a race. The mounting yard and track are bordered by a white picket fence. The crowd and grandstands are also pictured. ...


'Scobie' Breasley remembers Phar Lap, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of an interview with former Australian jockey Arthur 'Scobie' Breasley. He recalls the 1929 Melbourne Cup race in which the horse he rode was up against the champion racehorse Phar Lap. He reflects on Phar Lap's subsequent performances and disposition and the public grief over his mysterious ...