Tobin Bronze in Australia Hall of Fame

It has taken three sets of five inductees since Australia set up its Racing Hall of Fame almost three years ago, but Tobin Bronze is now a resident.

Tobin Bronze failed to reproduce anything like his bestAustralian form when imported to the U.S. by William Breliant in partnership with Irving Litz.

Under the care of Charlie Whittingham, he won four allowances races at Belmont, Atlantic City and at Santa Anita, where he split Biggs and Ole Bob Bowers in a division of the 1968 San Luis Rey.

It was nothing like the form which saw him win two W.S. Cox Plates, a Caulfield Cup, Doncaster Handicap Victoria Derby in a total of 10 races which now carry a group I rating. In Australia he won 24 of 44 starts. None was more emotional than his farewell Cox Plate win in 1967, after his purchase for U.S. $250,000.

Tobin Bronze slipped into obscurity at Breliant's Three Rings Ranch at Beaumont, Calif., with almost obscene speed given his cult-status in Australia.

It was fitting he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Adelaide, where he was owned by the Brown family and trained for them by Grahame Heagney.

Around 1,200 attended the third edition of this movable feast, at which dual Melbourne Cup winner Peter Pan, Heroic and Vain, and Malua were also announced. Not surprisingly, Phar Lap was the first horse inducted in 2001. An invite still eludes 1930s champion Ajax, the son of Heroic to win 36 times in 46 races.

Inducted jockeys included Harry White, who partnered the winners of four Melbourne Cups.