Scientists to analyze the DNA of Australia’s most famous racehorse

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Scientists will map the genome of Australia’s greatest racehorse, Phar Lap, hoping to unlock the DNA secrets behind the champion’s pace and staying power, a research team said today.

The giant New Zealand-born chestnut became an icon in Australia during the Great Depression, winning 37 of his 51 races, including one Melbourne Cup in 1930 and two Cox Plates in 1930 and 1931.

Read the full story here: Phar Lap’s DNA to be mapped by scientists 

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