Story: South Canterbury region

Phar Lap racecourse

Phar Lap racecourse

The Phar Lap Raceway at Washdyke is the home of the Timaru Racing Club. The raceway is named after Australasia’s most famous racehorse, born at nearby Seadown. Phar Lap raced mainly in Australia, winning 37 of his 51 starts, including the 1930 Melbourne Cup. He died in mysterious circumstances (possibly poisoned) in California in 1932. A bronze statue of Phar Lap was installed at the raceway in November 2009.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Sport, culture, society and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 2 Feb 2017