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Peter Pan : The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor - Jessica Owers

Peter Pan

The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor

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A wonderful, forgotten racing story set in The Great Depression.

In 1932, they said there would never be another Phar Lap. Yet within months there came a racehorse so wildly brilliant that he was instantly compared to the dead champion. He was Peter Pan.

Within months of Phar Lap's death, Peter Pan had won the Melbourne Cup and then two years later, won it again - the first horse in 72 years to take home a second. The newspapers of the day called him a 'superhorse' and declared 'another Phar Lap takes the stage.' But over the long years, Australia forgot their new champion.

Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor is the tale of the horse that came next - the brilliant, speedy Peter Pan. Casting off the shadow of Phar Lap, this tells the story of triumph during the Great Depression and the coming of a champion when Australia least expected one. It is time to restore the standing of our other great racing hero.

About The Author

Jessica Owers was born the year Kingston Town won his first Cox Plate. In 1988 she was introduced to Phar Lap on the school curriculum, and she has been writing about racehorses ever since. After completing a degree in environmental science and journalism from the University of Stirling, Scotland, Jessica worked as a riding instructor, then staff-writer for the Sydney-based magazines R.M. Williams' Outback and Breeding&Racing. Her work has since been published in Inside Breeding, The Thoroughbred, Turf Monthly and Racing Life, along with various other books and publications across the Australian racing industry. Jessica lives in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor is her first book, and the result of five years of work. She is currently writing her second racing book.

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4.0

No longer a hidden champion.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

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    An informative read about a horse whose detail is not well known to-day.

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    Not sure - more for horse racing fans

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      I knew Peter Pan's story quite well so the detail filled a lot of gaps. The research is extremely thorough and the book goes into a lot of detail which I personally like. The description of the races, the preparation, the crowds etc make the reader feel very much like they are in the moments. Peter Pan was a mighty horse but he came along right after Phar Lap; they were comparable but Phar Lap is better remembered, as much for how he died as how he lived and raced. The author unfortunately uses the last few chapters to try to compare the two champions (with understandably a slight bias to Peter Pan) and every horse follower knows this type of comparison is fraught with danger; they were both great horses; Phar Lap just happened to come along at the right time and his story is much more "Hollywood" than Peter Pan's. What this story does is do great justice to Peter Pan's racetrack feats and some of the obstacles he overcame to achieve his success. In other respects, his story is just one of a great horse. This story/book is more Secretariat than Seabiscuit and will more suit the racing purist than general readership. As a racing lover, I'd like there to be more of these type of books, but they have a limited readership without something romantic or compelling to attach to them.

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      Conversionsp. xi
      Weightp. xi
      Racetrack Distancesp. xii
      Pedigreep. xiii
      Prologuep. 1
      Alwinap. 5
      Pantheonp. 16
      Good fortune is as necessary as a good racehorsep. 22
      The first startp. 29
      The first winp. 38
      Rising to famep. 47
      'A regular bobby dazzler'p. 56
      'Not even the celestial horses could have won from there'p. 68
      The longest two days in horse racingp. 90
      The 1932 Melbourne Cupp. 96
      Horse racing changes overnightp. 115
      The glorious uncertainty of the turfp. 117
      'A horse can't do much more than win'p. 132
      'He's only a four-year-old, and a young one at that'p. 152
      The rest of 1933p. 168
      'Peter Pan is only one horse, note two or three'p. 172
      A week in 1934p. 193
      'Why is this horse so good?'p. 196
      'Gentlemen like you'p. 212
      Brilliant thingsp. 215
      The Sir Herbert Maitland Stakesp. 227
      'Not one horse sweeping the stakes races, but two or three'p. 234
      The men who saw Archerp. 250
      The battle for Darby Munrop. 253
      Whose turn is it this time?p. 265
      'A horse will not win the Cup a second time'p. 272
      The 1934 Melbourne Cupp. 280
      'This is becoming a habit'p. 296
      The wildish fancy of L.K.S. Mackinnonp. 311
      'The crumbs for others'p. 314
      The gravel in his gutsp. 325
      America wants Peter Panp. 337
      The declaration of weightsp. 348
      'Is he so much class?'p. 351
      'That's the sort of horse to back...He never lets you down'p. 361
      The fate of all championsp. 372
      The 1935 Melbourne Cupp. 389
      Something had happenedp. 394
      'A great heart cannot carry a doubtful leg'p. 399
      The last startp. 416
      'Au revoir, Peter Pan'p. 422
      Epiloguep. 431
      Peter Pan's Racing Recordp. 441
      Bibliographyp. 446
      Acknowledgementsp. 452
      Indexp. 456
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      ISBN: 9781742750217
      ISBN-10: 1742750214
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 512
      Published: 1st November 2011
      Publisher: Random House Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 3.9
      Weight (kg): 0.66
      Edition Number: 1