Home‎ > ‎Newsflash in detail‎ > ‎

why is Phar Lap so important Thai and Aus?

posted 29 Aug 2015, 06:07 by Happi Mess   [ updated 30 Aug 2017, 01:51 ]
 
 
Phar lap the most famous horse in Australia derived it's name from the thai word "Lightning"
 
 

True of False
 

 



 





 
  • Born: 4 October 1926
  • Birthplace: Timaru, New Zealand
  • Died: 5 April 1932 (gastric illness - ?)
  • Best Known As: Legendary Australian racing champion

Decades after his death, Phar Lap remains Australia's most famous racehorse: an ungainly chestnut gelding whose great stamina helped him win 37 of his 51 races between 1929 and 1932. Phar Lap was born in New Zealand and purchased for the bargain price of 160 pounds by trainer Harry Telford and American owner Dale Davis in 1927. The horse repaid them by winning over 66,000 pounds in purse money during his career. Phar Lap was the favorite in the prestigious Melbourne Cup race three times, winning in 1930 and becoming a national hero in the process. After the 1931 Cup he was shipped to America to face new competition for bigger stakes. He won his first race, at Agua Calienti in Mexico, but never raced again: in April of 1932 he died suddenly at a ranch in California. An autopsy indicated gastric trouble, but the precise cause was unclear, and many Australians believed the rumor that Phar Lap had been poisoned by enemies in the American racing industry. The champion's hide was stuffed and returned to the National Museum in Melbourne, where he remained a popular exhibit for decades.


Phar Lap's name was derived from the Thai word for lightning... His story was made into a 1983 movie, Phar Lap, starring actors Martin Vaughan as Harry Telford and Tom Burlinson as stable boy Tommy Woodcock... Phar Lap film director Simon Wincer later made Free Willy, the 1993 film which starred Keiko the Whale... Phar Lap, a 2001 book by Peter Thompson and Geoff Armstrong, proposed that Phar Lap was not poisoned but rather died of a disease known as duodenitis-proximal jejunitis, also known as proximal enteritis... After Phar Lap's death, his heart was found to weigh 6.2 kilograms (about 14 pounds) -- roughly 50% larger than a typical racehorse's heart... Phar Lap's bright chestnut color led to the nickname "Big Red" -- a name also given to 1973 Kentucky Derby winner Secretariat.



 
Title Image: The Horse

Lightning


 Registration Certificate

Phar Lap's name means 'lightning' in Thai. How a horse in Australia got a Thai name is a story in itself. A young man called Aubrey Ping, then a student in medicine at the University of Sydney, regularly watched horses in trackwork at Randwick and would often 'chew the fat' with riders and trainers.

Ping's father was a Zhuang speaker who migrated to Australia in the 19th century from southern China. Young Aubrey learnt some Zhuang from his father, and the Zhuang language shares with Thai the name for lightning. The use of the letters 'ph', instead of a simple 'f', created a seven letter name that was split into two words: Phar Lap. This was essential to Harry Telford because it replicated the dominant pattern set by Melbourne Cup winners. 






Video


 
Title Image: The Horse

The Horse


Phar Lap was foaled in Timaru, New Zealand, late in the season on 4 October 1926.

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, the colt was listed for the Trentham Sales in 1927.

Telford was in a financial mess. He talked an American businessman living in Sydney, David J. Davis, into buying the horse. Harry's brother, Hugh, a resident of New Zealand, was telegraphed to bid up to 190 guineas.

Trainer/Owner

Harry Telford

Harry Telford

Raising a champion from his Sydney stables had so far eluded Harry Telford. He'd grown up around horses and knew a thing or two about pedigrees.

link to full story

Lot Number 41 sold for 160 guineas. Back in Sydney, Telford thought the purchase price was great news. That was until he clapped eyes on the 'bargain' being crated from ship to shore in Sydney Harbour. The big, gangly beast looked anything but a champion. Warts covered its face and there was an awkwardness to it that did not inspire confidence.

Real problems came when Davis saw his purchase. He was furious and wanted nothing to do with it. Telford and Davis struck a deal: if Telford covered the cost of training the horse, he could keep two-thirds of the winnings-if there were any.

Telford was certain that the horse's breeding would make him a champion. He had the horse gelded so it might concentrate on one thing only: running fast.

Owner

David J. Davis

David J. Davis

The American-born businessman David Davis had made his money in Sydney through photography and importing domestic items such as dinnerware. Horse racing was a hobby.

link to full story
 
  
 
Title Image: At The Museum

At the Museum


Phar Lap went on display at the National Museum of Victoria in 1933. Now at Melbourne Museum, Phar Lap and associated memorabilia remain among the most popular of our exhibits.

Melbourne Museum
 Phar Lap at National Museum of Victoria
 Phar Lap at Melbourne Museum

After the Agua Caliente victory, Hollywood producers were queuing for the Phar Lap story. Phar Lap died before those meetings had time to take place. An altogether different queue formed: the directors of several institutions in Australia hot-footed it to their local post office to telegram the owners with requests for Phar Lap's mortal remains.

David Davis, with the approval of Harry Telford back home, decided on the following division. The heart would go to the National Institute of Anatomy in Canberra (now the National Museum); the skeleton would go to the Dominion Museum in New Zealand, Phar Lap's country of birth; and the hide, the most prized part, would go to the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, where Phar Lap won many of his richest races.

Davis heard of a firm of expert taxidermists in New York, the Jonas Brothers, and they were given the commission to provide a mount for Phar Lap's hide. Their work took four and a half months.

Then came the long journey back home. In Sydney, when the crate was opened, Tom Woodcock was among those that gasped at how life-like Phar Lap was.

The last leg of the journey was to Melbourne. As a special favour, Davis allowed the Capitol Theatre to display Phar Lap for about two weeks in late 1932. Phar Lap then journeyed the short distance up Swanston Street to the National Museum of Victoria.

Phar Lap stayed at the old museum for almost seventy years, apart from a brief visit to Flemington in 1980 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his Melbourne Cup victory. In 2000, Phar Lap was moved up the hill to the new Melbourne Museum, where he stands magisterial as always, and will continue to do so for generations to come.


Photo of Jonas Brothers working on the mount

Jonas Brothers

Louis, John and Leslie Jonas had created a reputation as expert taxidermists of wild animals as exhibits for the leading natural history museums in the USA.

link to full story
 









Updates









Posted to Facebook Group Bangkok Nightlife  100,000 + members .. free to join 








Tourism Bangkok

Image may contain: 1 person
showing last 5 changes see all  Directory Tourism

Industry and ThemeName & URLMain Function
All -> master Index Master Index all tables 
Attractions Bangkok Directory Attractions Bkk all Attractions 
Hospitality Hospitality: Master Index Index 
Markets Markets Bangkok index 
Local Travel Hosts Travel Host Directory Index of local hosts services 
Showing 5 items from page Master Directory Tourism Bangkok sorted by edit time. View more »
click: Vacation fun: all activities Prices Bangkok

Viator
https://www.partner.viator.com/en/22027/Bangkok/d343-ttd?activities=all

or narrow the search in Viator Bangkok by category




Hotels nearby



Recommended: 

Agoda search    











Other stuff









Media Channels



Recommended Events

Approved Events: open page to sort by columns

Event YY.mm.dd / LocationIndustry / ThemeCost (L M H) / Durationwhy goName / link
2020.01.17 / Huai Khwang Comedy various Ardal O'Hanlon Live in Bangkok fbk grp bkk nightlife invite 
2019.12.31 / Chao Phraya river Party Boat NYE  fireworks, DJ, Party fbk grp Bkk nightlife 
2019.12.20 / Silom fashion Show - Grande Prix charity low - Charity event Models in Fashion - Charity event thaibis page KP Models X Opal Fashion show 
2019.06.23 / Bangkok Photos with models - rooftop 5000 exclusive timeslot and lunch unique  fbk page bkk tourism - invite details 
2019.05.04 /  Comedy / Magner Festiva low  fbk group bkk nightlife 
2019.04.06 Bts Asok Comedy - International Jimmy Carr med -  in 2016 he rocked Bangkok fbk bkk nightlife 
2019.03.04  Comedy low  GLOBAL ROAST BATTLE PHENOMENON--YOUR HOOD'S A JOKE. fbk bpac  
2019.02.21 to 24 Bts Phloen Chit Garden Fair - Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair 2019 low - 150 bt astonishing - heritage home TB events: Nai Lert Park Heritage Home บ้านปาร์คนายเลิศ 
2019.02.16 / Saraburi 9am to 9pm Social: Meet Locals day trip low - day trip activities Thai and Foreigners mixing it up TML: Saraburi hypo 
Showing 9 items from page Approved Events sorted by Event YY.mm.dd / Location. View more »


Places visited  


Where we have been link

why try .. . see places of interest, sort table by any column


Bangkok Hospitality & Tourism

Donate Photos, videos to to our Community Groups

Become a Roaming reporter how it works



News
  • Watch a 93yr old Man Calmly Shoot Manager Over Water Damage Top Share this page https://lnkd.in/f5JpvQg fastrack index  FREE QR code reader stats sl mlbeer tb The report source MLVPDThomas reportedly told police that he would do ...
    Posted 7 Jan 2020, 22:11 by Happi Mess
  • Australia fires: Misleading images & pictures go viral Top Share this page https://lnkd.in/fPbhzxD fastrack index  FREE QR code reader stats sl mlbeer tb Bogus, misleading bushfire images do rounds on social media The report source ...
    Posted 8 Jan 2020, 18:03 by Happi Mess
  • MAN FAKED DEAF 48 YEARS TO AVOID talking to WIFE Top Share this page https://lnkd.in/ftYn6bZ fastrack index  FREE QR code reader stats sl mlbeer tb source The deal MAN FAKED BEING DEAF FOR 48 YEARS TO AVOID ...
    Posted 29 Dec 2019, 00:33 by Happi Mess
  • New research defines intelligent people curse, up late and messy Top Share this page  fastrack index  FREE QR code reader stats sl mlbeer tb source The deal Taboo word fluency indicates general fluency Intuitively, whenever you hear someone use profanities ...
    Posted 19 Dec 2019, 04:04 by Happi Mess
  • Man lives on beer for 46 days loses 44Ibs Top Share this page https://linkfox.io/frNJh fastrack index  FREE QR code reader stats sl mlbeer tb source the gigDrinking beer at regular intervals is one of life ...
    Posted 16 Dec 2019, 20:00 by Happi Mess
Showing posts 1 - 5 of 253. View more »



Comments