By Geoff Armstrong
The 4 days previous the notorious 1930 Melbourne Cup are retold during this exciting account. whilst Phar Lap, a celebrated racehorse, generated remarkable pleasure one of the public, bookmakers have been full of dread—a victory for the favourite might rate them greatly. In an incident ripped from a gangster motion picture, a gunman attempted to shoot Phar Lap on a quiet suburban road. together with his existence at risk and people closest to him terrified, the champion used to be lively away to a mystery position whereas one of many city's such a lot celebrated detectives sought for the culprits. Even an hour prior to the bounce, Phar Lap's whereabouts remained a secret, and whilst he ultimately arrived on the tune, the large crowd cheered him on. Research from horseracing specialists and during interviews with eyewitnesses make up this chronicle of the great race during this gripping activities heritage.
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See if anyone’s heard anything. And I have to ring my bookie. ’ 33 Phar Lap Finalpp 2/9/05 10:30 AM Page 34 Chapter Four THEY INTENDED TO KILL HIM the Studebaker parked outside the Glenhuntly picture theatre had been reading their newspapers, they would have learned that the Commonwealth meteorologist, Mr Hunt, expected ‘summery skies’ to continue throughout Derby Day. Elsewhere in the Sun News-Pictorial, ‘experts’ were quoted as saying that Flemington had ‘never looked better’ than for the 1930 spring carnival.
I don’t like betting with money I ain’t got. I’ve seen too many people get hurt doing that. ’ Telford paused. For a moment he was going to tell the detective about his filly in the second race at Flemington. However, his natural caution got the better of him. ’ Detective Saker asked. 23 Phar Lap Finalpp 2/9/05 10:30 AM Page 24 ‘Nah, he’s too short, way too short. He was 6–1 before the weights come out,’ Telford said. Every year, the handicaps for the two big Cups were released on June 30, more than four months before the jump.
24 Phar Lap Finalpp 2/9/05 10:30 AM Page 25 ‘Cups double’ that was causing such consternation? The Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup were the two principal handicap races run in Australia every spring, the Caulfield race being run 17 days before the first Tuesday in November. The handicapper’s principal objective was, by way of weights, to try to give every horse in a race an equal chance of winning. A handicapper’s dream was for every horse to flash across the finish line together. The horse rated the best by the handicapper was given the most weight.