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Saddle - Billy Elliot, Phar Lap, 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 2601

This racing saddle belonged to jockey Billy Elliot, who rode Phar Lap on seven occasions between 1930 and 1932, winning every race, including his final race at Agua Caliente, Mexico in March 1932. The saddle was especially commissioned for Elliot to use on Phar Lap by the horse's trainer and co-owner Harry Telford. Because Elliot was so light, even for a jockey, and Phar Lap was typically given a heavy starting weight by the handicappers, Elliot had to carry a large amount of weight in the saddle. Harry Telford had the very heavy saddle designed to suit the horse and jockey.

To be referred to as "Billy Elliot's Phar Lap Saddle"
Racing saddle made of padded dark brown leather, reinforced with a double layer beneath the saddle flap. The saddle is backed with a light brown canvas fabric into which have been sewn metal weights. Saddle features two leather straps on either side, with six holes along each, and no stirrup irons.
Jointly owned by the Australian Racing Museum and Museum Victoria. Purchased with the assistance of the Australian Government through the National Cultural Heritage Account.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 500 mm (Height), 450 mm (Width), 700 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: animal husbandry, horse racing, racing industry, horses, sport, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Harry Telford, Race Horse Owner & Trainer (1877-1960), David Davis, Entrepreneur & Race Horse Owner, Leisure Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Phar Lap in America, 1932, Phar Lap Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Commissioned By: Harry Telford, Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia, 1929-1930
User: Mr William (Bill) Elliot, Australia, 1930-1932


Kerryn Wallis Posted on 08 Jun 2011 11:52 PM
Billy Elliot was my mother's brother. I'm proud to call him my uncle. BLOOD is thicker than WATER.
Monica McNamara Posted on 30 Aug 2011 12:17 PM
Billy Elliot was my grandfather. Father of two 2 boys William (dec) & Clement. Grandfather of 8.
Millicent Sylvia Elliot Posted on 18 Oct 2011 5:02 PM
William (Billy) Elliot happened to be my late husband's (John Reginald Elliot) Great Uncle.
John was also a jockey in India
Pam Spinner Posted on 25 Nov 2011 12:46 PM
I've just found an old newspaper from 1936 with an article saying that Phar Lap's Jockey William Elliot left $4367 in his will.
It stated that he was twice at the head of the Victorian Jockey's list.
Greg Elliot Posted on 19 Dec 2013 2:52 PM
Billy is my 1st cousin, once removed. I recently visited his grave in Springvale to find a Wilfred Harold Senior buried with him. Any idea who this might be?
Norman Baker Posted on 16 Sep 2014 12:32 PM
My father Hal Baker purchased this saddle from Billy Elliot's wife during WW2 and used it as an apprentice jockey in the 1940s before it was purchased my the museum. If you underneath the saddle you will see his name printed on it.

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