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Born in 1927, the son of the
accomplished trainer Jim Cummings,
Bart managed his allergy to horses and
hay and started his career working for his
father as a strapper.
Upon receiving his trainer licence in
1953, Bart set up stables at Glenelg in
South Australia. His first significant win
came in 1958, when he won the South
Australian Derby, the same year he
bought his first yearling.
In the late 1980s, the age of Wall St
excess, Bart was living like many of his
contemporaries. He spent millions of
dollars purchasing racehorses. The money
spent on behalf of a tax minimisation
syndicate. However, the loose spending
of the 1980s was felt hard in the 1990s.
The recession took many high-flying
entrepreneurs down. If it wasn’t for the
support of the Reg Inglis’ organisation,
Bart would have found himself bankrupt,
despite being inducted into the Sport
Australia Hall of Fame in 1991.
In fact, Bart has a litany of honours to
his name. He was the inaugural inductee
into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
He was made a member of the Order of
Australia in 1982 for his services to the
racing industry. And in 2007, Australia
Post placed his image on a postage
stamp as part of its Australian Legends
series. He is up there with Phar Lap in
terms of legend.
His Melbourne Cup winners include:
Light Fingers (1965)
Galilee (1966)
Red Handed (1967)
Think Big (1974 and 1975)
Gold and Black (1977)
Hyperno (1979)
Kingston Rule (1990)
Let’s Elope (1991)
Saintly (1996)
Rogan Josh (1999)
Viewed (2008)
Viewed beat Bauer in a photo finish on
the 50th anniversary of the day Bart
entered his first Cup runner.
In addition to his 12 Melbourne Cups,
Bart has won the Caulfield Cup seven
times, the Golden Slipper Stakes four
s t a t u s
Melbourne Cup betting favourites have produced 34 winners and 67 top
three finishes.
Makybe Diva (2005, 2004) was the last winning faviourite.
Only three horses at triple figure odds have won. The Pearl (100-1 in 1871),
Wotan (100-1 in 1936) and Old Rowley (100-1 in 1940).
Twelve of the past 19 Melbourne Cup winners won their lead-up race.
Eleven Melbourne Cup winners won the Caulfield Cup in the lead-up.
Don’t bet on barrier 18. It is the only gate never to produce a winner.
The most successful barriers have been 9 – 12 with four victories in the
past 11 years.
Four barriers have produced nine of the past 12 Melbourne Cup winners with
14 (three wins), 10 (two wins), 13 (two wins) and 22 (two wins).
Since barriers were introduced in 1928 the gates to produce the most
Melbourne Cup winners are 11 (seven wins), 5/10/14 (six wins), 6/8/19 (five
wins) and 1/4/17/22 (four wins).
Melbourne for the Caulfield Stakes
leading into the Cox Plate.”
As for a horse in this year’s Melbourne
Cup, it is unlikely that the Cummings
stable will train their 13th winner in 2013.
Veteran Precedence, who has raced the
last three Cups is the likely starter, but his
record is modest.
However, as James says, “Comic Court
had two cracks at the Melbourne Cup
before he broke through the third time.
We have Precedence there and you never
know what is around the corner.”
The 2013 Melbourne Cup will be the
153rd running of Australia’s most famous
thoroughbred race. It will again attract
quality staying horses from around the
globe and no doubt will again add to the
legend of one of the greatest sporting
events in history.
times, the Cox Plate five times, the VRC
Oaks nine times and the Newwmarket
Handicap eight times.
As his health fails, he is handing the
reigns to his grandson, James, the family’s
fourth generation racehorse trainer.
From 1 August, Leilani Lodge at Royal
Randwick will be in the care of J.B. and
J.A. Cummings.
“The licensing panel at Racing NSW
has told me our training partnership has
been approved from the start of the new
season,’’ James Cummings said. “It’s
great news.”
Bart’s son Anthony is also a successful
Group 1 winning trainer.
Peter V’landys is Racing NSW chief
executive. Upon licencing approval
he said, “Bart Cummings is an icon
in Australian racing and the training
partnership he is establishing with his
grandson will be formidable.
“James has been working with his
grandfather for the last four years and
demonstrated he has inherited the family’s
considerable skills with the thoroughbred,
he is excellent with the media and will be
real asset to Sydney racing.”
The big hope coming out of the
Cummings stable this Spring is Norzita.
“Norzita is working into her
preparation now and will trial on August
2,” James said.
“She will stay in Sydney and probably
have three runs through to the George
Main Stakes before she goes to
Bart was living
like many of his
He spent
millions of