Peter Pan - The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor

Peter Pan

Born at 'Baroona', Whittingham, on 29 October 1929, Peter Pan was by the imported English sire Pantheon out of the St Alwyne mare Alwina. He was a flashy colt, a pale chestnut with blond mane and tail, and he began racing in May 1932. By 1936 he had won many of the greatest stakes races in Australia, including two Melbourne Cups, AJC Derby, AJC St Leger, two Melbourne (now Mackinnon Stakes), and numerous other cups and purses. A natural stayer, Peter Pan possessed great speed, enabling him, in 1935, to smash the Australasian mile record with withering ease. He was also an enormous specimen (at 17.1hh he was as tall as Phar Lap). Though one of the most tractable horses ever trained, Peter Pan was aloof and rather arrogant, a real personality horse. He was inducted into Australian racing's Hall of Fame in 2003.