Doubles Chart - Caulfield & Melbourne Cups, 1930 Document Reg. No: HT 1053

This doubles chart was issued by an unknown bookmaker (possibly George Lyons) to his regular clients to promote the various odds offered on different pairs of horses to win both the 1930 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. The chart shows Phar Lap running in both races, although he was controversially scratched from the Caulfield Cup just before the race began.

Mr. Michael Eskander, the leading rails bookmaker, advises that:
1) The G.L. may refer to George Lyons, a former bookmaker
2) The line at the bottom, 'Special - Amounis and Phar Lap 20 to 1', indicates that the bookmakers were holding too much money on this combination and were trying to dodge further bets at 25/1.
3) That similar sheets using similar language are sent to clients/punters to this day.
A large sheet of off-white paper. presented in a landscape format, printed on both sides with criss-crossing line and extensive black text, surrounded by a black decorative border. There are several folds present in the paper.
Statement Of Significance:
This Doubles Chart ia an important artefact relating to two of the key chapters in Phar Lap's short life. It has close relevance to the last-minute scratching of Phar Lap by Telford in the Caulfield Cup, which elicited howls of condemnation from the public. It also relates to the attempt to shoot Phar Lap, given that it suggests that bookmakers were holding a fortune on Amounis-Phar Lap to win the double.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Charles Hardstaff, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.50 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: betting, caulfield cup, gambling, gaming activities, horse racing, melbourne cup racing carnival, horses, sport, racing industry, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: gambling
Inscriptions: Printed on front: 23/9/30/ Subject to Market Alteration/ State Doubles Special Quotation/ NO REPLY, NO BUSINESS/ G.L/ One Horse in both Races Special Quotation/ Amount in Square to One/ Commissions Executed on Government/ Licensed Racecourses only./ CAULFIELD CUP/ Run Saturday, Oct. 18. One mile and a half./ MELBOURNE CUP/Run Tuesday, Nov. 4. Two miles.

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