The Melbourne Cup Carnival is more than a horse race. For over 150 years this race has stopped the nation. Folk dress up, drink, eat, place their bets and abandon all dignity as they cheer their horses to the finish.
These days The Cup draws competitors from all over the world and I believe over 700 million people in 120 countries and territories watch it on television.
Of course there have been many famous winners of The Cup but there is one that is firmly and immovably lodged in the hearts of Australians and New Zealanders - and this of course is the great Phar Lap.
Now .. if you don't know the story of Phar Lap, you can learn all about him from my book, beautifully illustrated by Patricia Mullins and Published by Museum Victoria. This book was engrossing to research, challenging to write and it is so much fun to promote every year at Cup time. My vintage suit is a tight fit (seems to be shrinking) has served me well for several racing carnivals.
You can purchase Phar Lap the wonderhorse at all good book stores.
Its always in stock at Museum Victoria and I love donning my outfit and visiting book events and sharing the love of the great horse.
Listen to Phar Lap the wonder horse and interview here.
pic: Flemington Racecourse with Phar Lap
The Melbourne Cup is the highlight of a four day racing carnival
3 - 10 November 2012
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