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Sepia photograph of Bill Elliott riding Phar Lap

AR00207.001

Sepia photograph of Bill Elliott riding Phar Lap

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Physical description

A sepia couloured photograph mounted on cardboard. The photograph depicts a jockey on a horse surrounded by a crowd of men. Printed in the lower left hand corner '8 / 3-20-32 / Phar-Lap / Wm. Elliot [sic] - up /A.C.H'd'cp $50000 Added'.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of the Official Program for the Agua Caliente Jockey Club for 20 March 1932, inscribed by Phar Lap's jockey, Bill Elliott. Elliott rode Phar Lap in the famous horse's last race, the Agua Caliente Handicap, just prior to the champion's death in the United States.

Phar Lap's name is still readily recognised by large numbers of Australians. He is one of Australia's best known sporting heroes. He remains a legend. His racing prowess, reflected in numerous wins in major Australian races in 1929-31 and victory in the 1930 Melbourne Cup, have left him permanently established in Australia's sporting mythology. Phar Lap's staying power, humble bloodlines and consistent wins against heavy handicaps made him a favourite among enormous numbers of Australians battling during the Depression. The horse's death under suspicious circumstances in California, just after the Agua Caliente victory, had a huge impact at the time and served to make Phar Lap's reputation even more powerful and permanent.

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