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Phar Laps rise to greatness in 1930 triggered extraordinary excitement across Australiabut it also spooked bookmakers who faced ruin if the wonder horse won the Melbourne Cup. Rumours were swirling: would Phar Lap be stopped whatever the cost? They Shot Phar Lap Didnt They? starts with a scene straight out of a Raymond Chandler whodunit as two shadowy figures one armed with a shotgun try to assassinate Phar Lap on a quiet suburban backstreet. With his life in peril the champion is spirited away to a secret location while one of the citys most famous detectives leads the hunt for the culprits. On Cup Day an hour before the jump Phar Laps whereabouts remain a mystery to the public. Finally he arrives at the track a huge crowd cheering him on. The police have been told to have their men along the rails because the perpetrators of Saturdays attack intend to strike again. But was the shooting all that it seemed? Only one thing is certain after all hed been through it would take a phenomenal performance for Phar Lap to win this Cup.

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