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They shot Phar Lap, didn't they? : the…

They shot Phar Lap, didn't they? : the truth behind the 1930…

by Geoff Armstrong

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Phar Lap's assault on the 1930 Melbourne Cup generated unprecedented excitement across Australia. For the newspapers, the twin stories of sporting greatness and seedy corruption were a sensational cocktail. Readers lapped it up, while for the poor punters, suffering during the Great Depression, a Phar Lap triumph was their best hope of turning one quid into two. This is the story of four days in November that became at the same time the most famous and infamous in Cup history.… (more)

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