Cindy Crank

Phar Lap: The Unsolved Never Ending Mystery.

Phar Lap: The Unsolved Never Ending Mystery. by Cindy Crank
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For readers of:Michael Morpugo, Laura Hillenbrand, Elizabeth Letts
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Publication Date2013
About the Book

The Mysterious Death of a World Champion.

Everything you knew about the death of champion racehorse Phar Lap is probably wrong.

The Great Depression descended upon the world in 1929, and Phar Lap, a gangly legged, spotty faced horse with few redeeming features made his first inauspicious steps onto the racecourses of Australia. He won just one race after four starts and was the brunt of more than a few jokes.

Yet, from 1930 to 1932 he would win 32 races including the prestigious Melbourne Cup and the Agua Caliente in Mexico. Just weeks later, the horse who had given people a ray of hope and a reason to smile amidst grinding poverty and unemployment was dead. His demise had all the elements of an international whodunit including possible poisonings and mafia involvement. The suspected causes of Phar Lap’s death have swirled around like chaff thrown to the wind for decades and the world thought they had heard them all.

Until now.

Tommy Woodcock, Phar Lap’s groom, had harbored a terrible secret since 1932. When the secret was finally revealed, the tragic tale of Phar Lap’s death had just taken another twisted turn and the stunning revelation shocked and shamed the nation that loved “Bobby” and those associated with the “Red Terror”.

Nothing in the Phar Lap saga was as it seemed.

About the Author

As a former competitive rider, Cindy Crank took her business background and experience in marketing and advertising to do media work for horse shows, write articles for international publications on marketing and sponsorship, and write a successful Horses and History blog for Canada's top horse sport media group.

All About Horses are short reads about new and old horse friends, famous and infamous horse people, world class equestrian events and some mysteries of the horse world. This book is great for busy on the go horse lovers and equestrians alike.

Cindy is also the author of

Shergar: Kidnapping the Wonder Horse,


The Death of Phar Lap: The Mysterious Death of a World Champion.

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