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Living Legends is an equine-welfare initiative that was designed and created to provide a safe and happy home for retired Australian champion racehorses.

Living Legends provides a home to some of Australia's greatest retired racehorses, ensuring these champions of the turf can live happy and tranquil lives, long after their final race.

The VRC has a longstanding partnership with Living Legends as part of the Club’s wider focus on equine and racing industry welfare. The VRC’s Equine Wellbeing Fund, established in late 2019, saw the VRC invest $220,000 over the next three years in Living Legends, guaranteeing former champion racehorses a home for life, and providing support for the farm to continue the wonderful work it does to care for the industry’s retired equine stars.

As part of the VRC’s partnership with Living Legends, two champion equine athletes from the farm visit Flemington every race day. You can find them in the horse stalls, or watch them parading around the Mounting Yard on a regular day.

Almandin

Almandin

One of Living Legends newest members, Almandin (GER) is best known for winning the 2016 Melbourne Cup for prominent owner Lloyd Williams.

Apache Cat

Apache Cat

A crowd favourite – Apache Cat is as known for his distinctive white markings as his stellar sprinting career where he won eight Group 1 races.

Beauty Generation

Beauty Generation

Beauty Generation was foaled in September 2012 and trained by Daniel Hayes. The bay Gelding performed most of his magic in Hong Kong at his home track but began his career in Australia before venturing overseas.

Brew

Brew

New Zealand bred Brew earned $2.3 million in prize money over the course of his career which included winning the 2000 Melbourne Cup. 2020 marks 20 years since Brew’s win in the Cup.

Bullish Luck

Bullish Luck

Hong Kong star Bullish Luck won five Group 1’s including the 2004 Hong Kong Gold Cup, the 2005 Steward's Cup and the 2005 and 2006 Champions Mile.

California Memory

California Memory

One of Hong Kong’s most successful racehorses, California Memory won multiple Group 1 races, including back-to-back Hong Kong Cups in 2011 and 2012.

Efficient

Efficient

This grey gelding was a true Flemington star winning his three Group 1’s at the track - the 2006 Victoria Derby, 2007 Melbourne Cup and 2009 Turnbull Stakes.

Fawkner

Fawkner

Owned by Lloyd Williams, Fawkner was a consistent galloper who won three Group 1’s, including the 2013 Caulfield Cup, the 2015 Makybe Diva Stakes and the 2014 Caulfield Stakes.

Fields of Omagh

Fields of Omagh

Trained by David Hayes at Lindsay Park, Fields of Omagh won three Group 1 races including the 2003 and 2006 Cox Plates and the 2006 Futurity Stakes.

Good Ba Ba

Good Ba Ba

With a superb track record at Sha Tin, Good Ba Ba won multiple Group 1's including the 2008 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 International Hong Kong Mile.

Maluckylady

Maluckylady

An outstanding stayer Maluckyday (NZ) won the Group 3 Lexus Stakes in 2010 and gained entry into the Melbourne Cup where he came second behind Americain.

Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance

This star stayer is famous for his history making win of the 2015 Melbourne Cup when jockey Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the coveted race.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior

Famous for his track record down the Flemington straight, Redkirk Warrior won the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 and the Group 1 2018 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh

This cleverly named galloper trained by Bart Cummings won the 1999 Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and went on to win the Melbourne Cup three days later.

Santa Ana Lane

Santa Ana Lane

Throughout his career, Santa Ana Lane won five Group 1s, including the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington, as well as the Goodwood, the Stradbroke Handicap, and the TJ Smith Stakes. Another notable performance was second place in The Everest.

Silent Witness

Silent Witness

A legend of Hong Kong racing, Silent Witness was crowned the world’s best sprinter for three years from 2003 – 2005 including eight Group 1 races.

The Cleaner

The Cleaner

Purchased for $10,000, The Cleaner won over $1.3 million in prizemoney, winning the Group 2 Dato Ta Chin Name Stakes back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

Tom Melbourne (IRE)

Tom Melbourne (IRE)

Tom will forever be remembered for his 14 second placings and became a cult figure as one of Australia’s most spoken about horses. Trained by Chris Waller, he ran second in Group 1 races including the Epsom Handicap and Cantala Stakes in 2017, and a close third in that year’s Railway Stakes in Perth.

Who Shot Thebarman

Who Shot Thebarman

A fan favourite, this New Zealand gelding won two Group 1’s, the 2014 Auckland Cup and 2018 Sydney Cup and impressively competed in four Melbourne Cups.

Zipping

Zipping

Famous for winning four consecutive Group 2 Sandown Classics from 2007 – 2010 as well as two Group 1’s at Flemington - the 2010 Australian Cup and 2010 Turnbull Stakes.