Phar Lap

Discover many of the incredible moments in the life of Australia's greatest racehorse, Phar Lap.

The Red Terror, also called Bobby by his strapper-cum-trainer Tommy Woodcock, was a red chestnut gelding born in New Zealand in 1926 and trained in Sydney by Harry Telford. 

His name was inspired by the Thai-Zhuang word for lightning, Farlap - ‘like a flash on the sky’.

Australians gripped by the worst of the Great Depression in the 1930s were hungry for good news stories and Phar Lap was already a beloved national icon by the time of his death in 1932.

This is his story.

Phar Lap
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1930s
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