TWO-time Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) Horse of the Year, Spunlago, has been retired.
Albury trainer Ron Stubbs and connections made the decision after Spunlago's latest effort at Caulfield last month.
Stubbs described Spunlago as a real warrior who had great character.
"He wasn't the easiest horse to handle due to his strong will, he was a strong horse and powerful worker and a site to behold when working down the straight at Albury," Stubbs said.
"His Albury Gold Cup win was a tremendous thrill for us all particularly those with Albury connections as was his Flemington win, both of which were dominant performances."
Spunlago finishes with a record of 69 starts for 13 wins, 12 minor placings and $487,670 in prizemoney.
Remarkably, Stubbs picked the horse up as a tried commodity after already being at two different stables and having 31 race starts.
The Albury horseman managed to get the best out of him, as he went on to capture the $200,000 listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m), as well as a Saturday city win at Flemington.
He also won back-to-back Ted Ryder Cups at Wagga in 2018-19 and was named SDRA Horse of the Year in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Stubbs said Spunlago retires sound and will forever hold a special place with connections.
"Spunlago is 10 years old in August and retires perfectly sound, he will now enjoy a good life in retirement and will always remain a favourite for all those who were connected with him."