16 Oct 2016

Novel about legendary race-horse Phar Lap

From Standing Room Only, 2:38 pm on 16 October 2016

Decades after his mysterious death - was it colic or arsenic poisoning? - champion racehorse Phar Lap hasn't been forgotten in either country which claim him - New Zealand and Australia. The huge horse blitzed the competition in the 1920s and 30s. Now Kelly Ana Morey is telling the champion gelding's story as a novel - not just Phar Lap's, but also those who worked with him including his trainer Harry Telford who called the big horse Bobbie. Daylight Second, published by Harper Collins, covers the triumphs and the death threats over the horse's successful but short career. Lynn Freeman talks with Kelly Ana.

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