The Champions: Thoroughbred Racing Gallery opened on September 30, 2010 on the eve of the Spring Racing Carnival and the celebrations surrounding the 150th running of the world-famous Melbourne Cup.
As Australia's only multi-sport museum, the outstanding National Sports Museum provides the perfect home for the amazing collections and displays of the Australian Racing Museum.
The Champions gallery features some of the most beautiful and important horseracing treasures imaginable, as well as some “gems” that have never been displayed before.
In addition, it features a suite of multimedia experiences, including some of the oldest racing footage from around the country and the opportunity for visitors to design their own racing colours.
One of many highlights in Champions is an articulated skeleton of Carbine, the champion racehorse of the 1880s and 1890s.
The greats of racing are featured heavily. Our displays are updated and changed regularly so some of the treasures you may see include: hooped jockey colours worn when riding Phar Lap, all of Bart Cumming's dozen Melbourne Cup trophies, the Melbourne Cup won by Carbine in 1890, safety equipment used by past and present jockeys, and a colourful array of racing fashion and millinery.
There's even Tulloch's heart, scientifically preserved in fluid in a sealed Perspex box!
The Australian Racing Museum aims to stimulate awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the nation’s thoroughbred racing heritage and conserve, develop, interpret and promote its Collection.
Induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame is the industry's highest accolade.
These fact sheets contain key information regarding the breeding, major wins and career highlights for some of racing's greatest champion horses.