Living Legends provides a home to some of Australia's greatest retired racehorses so that these champions of the turf can live happy and tranquil lives after their celebrated racing careers.
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. Unfortunately we can’t celebrate the stars on course this year but we encourage you to share your love for the Living Legends via the VRC social media channels.
One of Living Legends newest members, Almandin (GER) is best known for winning the 2016 Melbourne Cup for prominent owner Lloyd Williams.
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.
New Zealand bred Brew earnt $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.
Hong Kong star Bullish Luck won five Group 1s including the 2004 Hong Kong Gold Cup, the 2005 Steward's Cup and the 2005 and 2006 Champions Mile.
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.
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.
Owned by Lloyd Williams, Fawkner was a consistent galloper who won three Group 1s, including the 2013 Caulfield Cup, the 2015 Makybe Diva Stakes and the 2014 Caulfield Stakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Living up to his name, Super Impressive had multiple placings in Group 1 and Group 2 races and won two Group 3 races before becoming a police horse.
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.
A fan favourite, this New Zealand gelding won two Group 1s, the 2014 Auckland Cup and 2018 Sydney Cup and impressively competed in four Melbourne Cups.
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.