The Tom Melbourne Story

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It has been 909 days since Tom Melbourne last won a race in the Albury Gold Cup, but what a ride it has been since.

Since his memorable win in the Albury Gold Cup, he has been placed 14 times and finished second on 12 occasions.

He has been a modern day horse racing enigma and impossible for punters to work out.

Despite his absence of wins he has still earnt connections just shy of $1 Million in prize money.

Love him or hate him, it has been an entertaining ride for everyone involved including those active on social media platforms.

Will the fun (or torment) end today in the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle?

2016 Coongy Handicap

Almost! Tom Melbourne was beaten half a length in the 2016 Coongy Handicap by Vanbrugh. It was something the horse (and punters) would have to get used to.

2016 Lexus Stakes

The 2016 Lexus Stakes over 2500m is a true testament to how brave this horse actually is.

Over an unsuitable trip, he led from start until well, the final 20 metres of the race.

A good clip to show the Tom Melbourne doubters.

It’s not going to get anyone paid though.

2017 Canterbury Spring Preview

Whether you were on Tom Melbourne in this race or not, it was an extremely tough watch. “He’s in for a dominate prep this time” said everyone at the time.

2017 Tramway Stakes

Good ride.

Great run in transit.

Excellent finishing burst.

Found one better.

Actually, ‘Found One Better’ may be the title of Tom Melbourne’s biography.

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap

This loss backed up the Tom Melbourne doubters that simply say the horse doesn’t have the will to win.

He loomed as the winner at the 300 but couldn’t get past Comin’ Thru.

I dare say a few jumped off the train at this point.

2017 Epsom Handicap

Again the Bridesmaid in the 2017 Epsom Handicap.

Distance? Half a Length.

This was a very good performance against a very good miler in Happy Clapper.

A terrible ride by Boss as TM couldn’t find any clear running for the majority of the straight. Savaged the line late once clear.

That’s not getting the punters paid unfortunately though.

2017 Kennedy Mile

This was arguably the best performance of his career.

One of the best mile races in the country and a fighting performance where he was beaten half a length.

Shillelagh just happened to be that little bit better on the day.

Story of his life.

2017 Railway Stakes

Sick of being beaten by the better horses, Tom Melbourne headed West in search of some easier racing after the Spring carnival.

A brave 3rd, beaten under half a length was the outcome.

He surely showed just enough for his faithful to plonk the cash on next time!

2018 Ajax Stakes

He was third wide coming round the turn, stalking his nemesis Comin’ Through and picking up ground well.

As he straightened he was only a couple of lengths off the leader Arbeitsam. This looked like the day. The day he finally did it. I’m not sure Twitter was ready but many were ready to swallow their pride and declare him.

He laid in slightly at about the 350m but still looked like he would mowed them all down.

He didn’t. Comin’ Through put his head down at the right time and it was heart ache again for Tom’s supporters

 

2018 Tramway Stakes

He was in front of Comin’ Through rounding the turn this time. Surely he had his measure first up and it was his turn!

Alas, Comin’ Through couldn’t be a decent bloke and he stormed over the top to continue the Tom Melbourne story.

Part of us was sad but a part of us was extremely happy.