Connections celebrate Who Shot Thebarman’s memorable victory in the 2018 Sydney Cup.


Ten-year-old warhorse Who Shot Thebarman has been retired.

The son of Yamanin Vital had a stellar career on the track, recording two Group One victories in the Sydney and Auckland Cups, both over 3200 metres, and he competed in four Gr.1 Melbourne Cups at the same distance.

Trained initially by Mark Oulaghan in New Zealand and then by expat Kiwi Chris Waller in Sydney, Who Shot Thebarman will likely spend time at Living Legends in Melbourne before returning to New Zealand.

“We would like to announce The Barman has been retired from racing,” his owners the O’Leary brothers said in a joint statement.

“It is yet to be finalised but he might spend a year at Living Legends in Melbourne before coming back to New Zealand where he will enjoy his retirement in a five-star grass paddock in the Rangitikei.

“The family would like to thank all his followers for their support for the horse during his years of racing. One highlight, of which there were many, was winning the Sydney Cup at his sixth attempt.”

Al up, the White Robe Lodge-bred gelding had 57 starts for 11 wins and stakes of A$4.7 million.