Through the mist of early morning
They come striding round the track,
Nostrils flared and flanks a’foaming,
Chestnut, brown and black,
But one among them stands out,
A mighty chestnut horse,
Whose name became a household word
And changed our history’s course.

Phar Lap means ‘lightning’
He won the Melbourne Cup
Way back in nineteen-thirty
With jockey Jim Pike up,
Phar Lap means ‘lightning’
And stamina and speed,
Australia salutes you
The finest of the breed.