Famous Australian Horse Racing Museums

Famous Australian Horse Racing Museums

The Australian horse racing history is truly an amazing part of the country’s beginnings as it dates as far back as the founding of the country itself in 1800’s. There were too many events and historical memorabilia earned over the centuries and thus the Australian Racing Museum was born.


The Australian Racing Museum was founded and based in Melbourne Australia and is purely dedicated as a horse racing museum. This is the largest and most popular one in the country so far. The museum is dedicated to thoroughbred horses and their jockeys and trainers. The jockeys and trainers re equally as important as the horses themselves since they are responsible in grooming and training the mare’s to become world champions. This was initially set up in 1981 at Caulfield Racecourse but was closed on the 30th of August 2003. It was then moved to Federation Square on Flinders Street. Finally, in October of 2010, the museum found its home to the National Sports Museum at the MCG.

Present Day

The museum and the Hall of Fame are solely dedicated to telling the story of thoroughbreds in Australia’s racing history.

They are also given responsibility to preserve the history of the “Sport of Kings”.There are several exhibitions displayed and are thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who are interested in Australia’s rich horse racing history.


Champion is the name of the Thoroughbred racing Gallery. This is a permanent gallery displaying thoroughbred racing at the National Sports Museum.

The gallery was opened in September 30, 2010 on the night before the opening of the Spring Racing Carnival and amidst the celebrations surrounding the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, a world famous event. This succession of events is one of the country’s best and is being flocked by tourists and horse lovers from all over the world every year. The opening of the gallery coinciding this event gave the perfect chance to show more of the country’s treasures to everyone and thus making the event even more popular than it already is. Today, the museum still entertains millions of tourists every year.

Horse Racing and The Australian Hall of Fame

Horse Racing and The Australian Hall of Fame

The Australian racing history had always been rich since its dawn in the 1800’s. There are numerous names that made their mark throughout the centuries which led to the creation of the Australian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. These include jockeys trainers and racehorses. Through the years the main focus had always been humans but let’s give due recognition to those mares who have shown extraordinary talent, speed and agility in the field. There are over fifty of them who made it to the Hall of Fame but in this article, we can only meet a few.


Wakeful had been foaled in 1896 and grew up to become of the most popular racehorses in history. All throughout her career she was only unplaced three times and thus writing history. She had won races such as the VATC Oakleigh Plate, the VRC Newmarket Handicap the AJC Doncaster Handicap, Sydney Cup, Melbourne Cup and a few other smaller races.


In Sunline’s life of 14 years, she really made a mark for herself by winning many prestigious races all over Australia. She competed in a total of 48 races and winning 32 of them. In addition to joining races in Australia, she also won horse races in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Among the many races she won were W.S. Cox Plates, Weight for Age, and Doncaster Handicap. She was named New Zealand Horse of the Year four times and was the only horse to win Australian Horse of the Year three times.


Malua is considered to be the most versatile Australian Thoroughbred to have lived in racehorse history.

He impressively won over distances ranging from 1100 to 5200 meters. He started racing as early as 2 years old when he was still in Tasmania. Among the races he won were the Newmarket Handicap and the Caulfield Cup.


Winx had just started making history and had already made his way to the top. He is one of the newest member of the Hall of Fame having been inducted just a few months ago.

The Australian Horse Racing History

The Australian Horse Racing History

The Australian racing history dates as far back as the 1800s. Going back further though, the first horses in Australia arrived aboard the ship Lady Penrhyn on January 26, 1788. This date is not just important in the horse racing history of the country but it has national significance as well. This is considered to be the founding date of Australia.

The Beginning of Horse Racing

Australian have always loved good wagers so no wonder Thoroughbred racing became very significant in the country and has become the third largest spectator sport in the country. The leading two of which are still the Rugby League and the Australian Rules Football.

In 1805, the first auction of horse bloodstock took place. Five years after, in October 1810, the first official race took place at Hyde Park in Sydney. At that time, the thoroughbred population was just about 1100 in the entire country. Most of these horses have been imported from South Africa and India by traders and colonizers alike.

Australian Horse Races

By 1814, Tasmania, an island belonging to Australia began its own races. 20 years after, in 1836, racing was started in Western Australia. This was followed by the first official races held in Victoria on March 1838. In 1842, the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) was founded and in 1843, Queensland and South Australia near Adelaide held their first races. By 1883, there were almost 200 country clubs belonging to the Australian Jockey Club, following their rules and racing under their shadows.

It is not surprising that in just over a hundred years, thoroughbred breeding and horse racing was firmly established in the country. Millions of Aussie’s fell in love with horse racing from the beginning and the love had been passed on from generation to generation.

Today, there are many thoroughbreds in the country imported from all over the world. The Australians did not just settle with the ones from India and South Africa, rather they explored and experimented with the breeds in order to bring out the most powerful mares made known all over the globe for horseraces.