In a big boost for this year’s coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival, the bones of legendary racehorse Phar Lap will be on show at the Melbourne Museum to honour and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the esteemed Melbourne Cup and the 80th anniversary of Phar Lap’s notorious Cup victory.
Phar Lap is Australia’s most popular thoroughbred who famously won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest handicap race worth a record $6 million this year.
Currently Phar Lap’s skeleton is kept at Te Papa Museum in the country of his birth, New Zealand. But the Wellington museum will loan the historical relic to its Melbourne counterpart reuniting Phar Lap’s bones and hide in a tribute to the horse’s special place in the history of Australian racing.
However, Phar Lap’s famous heart has been deemed too fragile to transport and will therefore stay in Canberra, separate to his other preserved remains.
Phar Lap was foaled in New Zealand in 1926 and enjoyed an incredibly successful racing career in Australia, which ended with his sudden and mysterious death in 1932. The giant horse with a great heart won an imposing 33 of his final 35 races including the 1930 Melbourne Cup.
Horse racing fans can view Phar Lap’s skeleton from September through until the end of January next year.
This year’s Cup Carnival is set to be the biggest ever with grand entertainment and special events planned to accompany the running of the famous four-day Flemington Carnival that is headlined by the world-renowned Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November.