Phar Laps saddle visits Bundaberg

RACING enthusiasts will get the chance to see a piece of history at Melbourne Cup celebrations at the Bundaberg Racecourse this Tuesday.

A saddle that was used by legendary racehorse Phar Lap will be on display at the race club throughout the day.

Bundaberg Race Club president Rod Titterington said he was thrilled to see to such a significant piece of memorabilia in Bundaberg for the 150th Melbourne Cup.

“It means everything to us, because 150 years is a great many years and Phar Lap is such an iconic horse,” he said.

Mr Titterington has not seen the saddle in person, as it arrives in Bundaberg on Tuesday, but he has seen pictures of the historic piece of tack.

“It’s a saddle that’s many, many years old but where it comes from makes it even more interesting,” he said.

“The owners have placed it in a glass case to keep it as well preserved as possible.”

The saddle’s owners wish to remain anonymous to prevent the memorabilia from being stolen.

Club vice-president Rob Modrow said Cup celebrations would not stop with the displaying of the saddle.

“We will be providing entertainment and there will be fashions on the field,” he said.

“We will even have caterers there for lunch and dinner, so there will be no need to leave the race track.”

Mr Modrow said live band Montana Road would play from about 4pm and continue through to about 7.30pm.

“For fashions on the field, we will have ladies’ and men’s fashions and the best hat,” he said.

The race club will also run five local races, which start about 1pm.

And the main event?

“We will have big screen TVs so no one will miss the race,” Mr Modrow said.

Gates open at 9am.

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