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Jacket - Jockey Silks, Telford Colours, Phar Lap, 1930s Object Reg. No: SH 990793

The jacket was made by Ballantynes for horse trainer Harry Telford, using the colours red, black and white. They were used by jockeys riding the champion race horse Phar Lap from his first race in 1929 until his last in late 1930, as in February 1931 Telford's lease of Phar Lap ran out. As his owner David Davis then sold a half share to Telford, Phar Lap was from then on run under the Davis/Telford partnership colours, which had red and green hoops on the sleeve and a black cap.

These colours were also used by Telford on subsequent horses he trained and owned. It was retained by the Telford family, and was amongst a number of items donated to the museum by them in the 1990s.
Small adult male jacket constructed from red, white and black silk. There are five self cover buttons along the front of the jacket, and one on each cuff. It has a mandarin collar around the top, with a red silk handing loop sewn inside the back. There is a printed label located at the bottom of the inside of the right front panel. The jacket appeared to be machine stitched.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mrs Nancy Telford, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 660 mm (Height), 670 mm (Width), 150 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: measurements of cap are D=250 W=200 H=120

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Tagged with: horse racing, recreation, horses, sport, racing industry, jackets, sportswear, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Harry Telford, Race Horse Owner & Trainer (1877-1960), Phar Lap, Champion Race Horse (1926-1932), David Davis, Entrepreneur & Race Horse Owner, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Leisure Collection, Jim Pike, Jockey (1892-1969), Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: jockey uniforms
Inscriptions: Printed and written on internal label: MADE/ 6.12.28/ BY/ 232.5987/ Ballantynes/ Mr H.Telford
Manufacturer: Ballantynes, 1928
Commissioned By: Harry Telford, Victoria, Australia, 1930 or later


Sue Primmer Posted on 26 Jan 2010 8:01 PM
Why did the silks colours change during Phar Laps stripes on sleeve then green hoops on sleeve,,,,(this was in the phar lap movie...) Thanks sue
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Jan 2010 3:55 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Sue, Phar Lap’s jockey colours did indeed change during his career.

For the first two years, during which time PL was being leased by Harry Telford from owner David Davis, he raced under Telford’s colours (red hat and jacket, with black and white hooped sleeves. His last race under these colours was C.B. Fisher stakes, the last major race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, on 8/11/30.

In December, the lease expired. Davis decided to sell Telford a half share in the horse so, from then on, the horse raced under the Davis/Telford colours of the black cap and red jacket, with green and red hoops. The first race under these colours was the St George Stakes (Caulfield) on 14/02/31.
Darryl Posted on 18 Oct 2013 10:38 AM
When Phar Lap raced in Telford's colours, Telford must have used two sets of silks.

In many photos of Phar Lap with Jim Pike up, the silks have 4 black hoops and 4 white hoops on the sleeves, as shown above.

In many other photos, the silks have 3 black and 3 white hoops.

Just a bit of trivia I thought I'd share with the world.

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