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Phar Lap Statue IN NZ Birthplace

Tuesday, 25th July 2006

A NZ$300,000 bronze statue of Phar Lap (Night Raid-Entreaty, by Winkie) is to be erected in his birthplace in the NZ town of Timaru, reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. The statue will be "a life-sized bronze memorial of the champion racehorse in full gallop, ridden by his regular jockey Jim Pike & demonstrating his impressive 22-feet gallop stride"; Phar Lap "will be galloping over a map of New Zealand, with his front hoof placed squarely over Timaru as a reminder of the great horse's South Canterbury heritage". Project trustee Derek Mayne noted the statue "will create an impressive presence by giving the beholder the perception of size, sound & movement. It will be cast in bronze on a marble base & carefully crafted with extreme attention to detail of the equine & human anatomy, ensuring a recognisable likeness to the great partnership of horse & jockey. The base will be a water fountain, which will bring the statue to life with the sound of water emulating galloping hoof beats."

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