About Us

Phar Lap Travel commenced operations in 1984 and was founded by Sue Saville and her father John Russell. It has certainly grown in stature since then and has a reputation for offering high quality Racing Tours. Sue also operates several italktravel shops offering travel both within Australia and Worldwide.

John Russell completed 50 years in the Radio and Television Thoroughbred Racing industry after being a commentator with leading Victorian Radio Station 3UZ for 30 years and after that with Satellite Television Station Sky Channel. Included in his broadcasting career was commentating at the 1956 OLYMPIC GAMES held in Melbourne.

He has escorted tours to the Kentucky Derby, Epson Derby, French & Irish Derby's, Royal Ascot, Hong Kong, Philippines, South America and in the home front to the leading Racing Carnivals in Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Great Eastern Steeplechase Carnival at Oakbank, Warrnambool Grand Annual Carnival, Alice Springs, Launceston and Hobart.

He has called 20 Melbourne Cups at Flemington and was the broadcaster for the popular movie Phar Lap. A winner of the H.A. Wolfe Award for outstanding services to Racing in 1997, he is a life member of the Darwin Turf Club, Moonee Valley Racing Club, member of Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Cricket Club.
Sue Saville is a Licensed Travel Agent and has been in Business for over 30 years. Sue has travelled the world extensively through North & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Pacific not forgetting Australia. Sue and her daughter Bridie, currently manage a large team working amongst her 6 italktravel shops in Doncaster, East Doncaster, Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Fountain Gate and Narre Warren.

The combined experience of Sue, Bridie and John bring together the world of Travel and Horse Racing. This outstanding experience provides our clients with the Best in Racing Tours.
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