Phar Lap (1926 - 1932) is an Australian legend. He was the winner of Australia's Melbourne Cup in 1930, that country's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. Phar Lap raced during the depression and won the hearts of a nation he ran in. Phar Lap was a national hero and died only 2 years later in Menloo Park, California under very suspicious circumstances. It was long thought that organized crime played a major part in his death
Head study of one of Phar Lap's great rivals and champion in his own right, Amounis. A huge betting plunge on Amounis winning the 1930 Caulfield Cup and Phar Lap the Melbourne Cup was the catalyst for the shooting attempt on Phar Lap's life after which he was secretly whisked away to St Alban's Stud near Geelong for protection until Cup Day.