Brooksbank, Anne

Anne Brooksbank (b.1943) was born in Melbourne, and has written several novels for young adults. Amongst them is one horse story: Archer (1985), which is based on the story of the horse who won the first, and the second, Melbourne Cup. He was one of only five horses to win it more than once. Although the book and film have Archer walking over 500 miles to get to the cup, in reality it appears his journey was made mostly by steamship (dangerous enough in itself; ten horses were lost when one steamship foundered), with a walk at the end.

Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find.

Sources and links
More on Archer, the racehorse
The film Archer’s Adventure