Phar Lap is Melbourne Museum's most popular object.
From his amazing run of racetrack wins during the 1930s Depression to his sudden death in the USA, the Phar Lap story gripped the Australian imagination.
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Dear Horse Chick,
Thank you for your enquiry about what type of horse Phar Lap was, Phar Lap was a thoroughbred horse. Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers to the Thoroughbred breed.
His Sydney trainer Harry Telford was a keen student of thoroughbred bloodlines and spent countless hours poring over pedigree charts. He believed he had found a future champion in a colt that was shortly due to sell in New Zealand. Sired by Night Raid and foaled out of Entreaty.
Please see this link to find out more information about Phar Lap.
Phar Lap is still one of the most popular exhibits at the Museum, and many visitors make him their first stop.
Melbourne Museum's Phar Lap website has a considerable amount of information on Phar Lap. The Facts page tells us that Phar Lap was foaled (born) at Timaru, New Zealand, on 4 October 1926. This would make him 85 years old today. He died in 1932, 70 years ago and his hide was mounted and is on display at Melbourne Museum, his skeleton is at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, and his heart is at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
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The exhibition will run until October 2015 so hopefully that will be ample time for you to see it.