Syndicator OTI Racing announced Tom Melbourne’s retirement after the nine-year-old gelding finished unplaced in Saturday’s Listed Old Comrade Stakes in Perth.
While he did not win at the top level, Tom Melbourne’s string of second placings in a host of feature races made him a cult figure.
Tom Melbourne had his first start in Ireland in 2014, winning a maiden at Dundalk, before being imported to Australia where he joined the Lee and Anthony Freedman stable and made his mark early with four wins from his first six Australian starts.
He had 17 starts for the Freedmans before being transferred to premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller in 2017.
Tom Melbourne had his final two starts in the care of trainer Lindsey Smith.
“Tom Melbourne has ran his last race and will live out his days at Living Legends,” OTI Racing said on Twitter.
“Thanks Tom for the remarkable journey you’ve given your Aust and Kiwi owners. And thank you to all, especially the Waller camp, for help making it happen.”
Living Legends, which is open to the public, is home to a number of high-profile retired racehorses including Might And Power and Apache Cat.