A Nation's Hope

A Nation's Hope During the Depression

There aren’t many Australians who don’t know about the horse with the exceptionally large heart.

Phar Lap joins the likes of Bradman, Freeman and Fraser as one of the most iconic sporting heroes in Australian history, with his incredible winning stats bringing hope to an otherwise downtrodden nation during the early stages of the Great Depression.

Winning 37 of his 51 starts, the chestnut thoroughbred was a beacon of prosperity for punters during particularly hard times. His most iconic victory occurred when he defeated all odds (including an unfamiliar climate, a painful heel injury and a dirt track) to beat a number of American favourites in the Agua Caliente by an impressive two lengths.

Although his untimely and suspicious death sent shockwaves through the racing world, his heart will not be forgotten.