NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
4th November, 1930 – When Carbine won the 1890 Melbourne Cup some scribes were of the opinion his like would never be seen again. Wrong. Phar Lap proved that he is the second equine coming with an aristocratic victory in today’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington before a wildly enthusiastic crowd of 120,000 in anything but charitable weather.
Phar Lap is living testimony that champions are made from of stern stuff. To test him the handicapper gave him 9.12. Hoodlums in a car fired at him with a shotgun four days before the race – stable foreman Tommy Woodcock and his pony shielded him – with the result he had to be taken to a hiding place near Geelong. He did not arrive at Flemington until after 2 p.m. today but was indifferent to the drama.
Once the race was on, Phar Lap, favourite at 11/8 on, shed his indifference. With powerful strides, and in the expert hands of Sydney jockey Jim Pike, the big chestnut swept to victory by three lengths from outsiders Second Wind and Shadow King. It was his 22nd win in 34 starts and won £9,229 for his owners.