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1934 Melbourne Cup won by Peter Pan

2008.0012.0001.001

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1934 Melbourne Cup won by Peter Pan

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Physical description

An eighteen carat gold 'loving cup' trophy with a round stepped hollow base, and a cup mounted on a stem. The cup features three handles, and the inscription "MELBOURNE CUP / 1934. / WON BY / MR. R. R. DANGAR'S PETER PAN / AGE 5 YRS. WEIGHT 8ST 10 LB." There are two small stamps inside the base.

Statement of significance

The Ritchie Family Collection consists of the 1934 Melbourne Cup trophy won by Peter Pan and a Hardy Brothers presentation box. The horse was owned by Rodney Dangar, trained by Frank McGrath and ridden by Darby Munro. The trophy is an 18ct gold three-handled loving cup made by James Steeth for William Drummond Co. It is housed in a Hardy Brothers box.

Horseracing is an important part of Australia's history and provides insights to leisure, industry and society.The Melbourne Cup is Australia's premier horserace. Run continuously since 1861, it is a handicap race run over a distance of 3200 metres. It is held at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.The fact it is a handicap race means even mediocre horses have a chance at winning. This encourages high stakes and rags to riches stories. Since its inception the race has captured popular imagination and continues to draw a national audience. In 1934 Peter Pan, who had also won the Melbourne Cup in 1932, won by four lengths on a very wet track. He is one of only five horses to win two Melbourne Cups.

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On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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