Bart Cummings Legendary Horse Trainer
Bart Cummings - The Cup King
The legendary Bart Cummings stands apart in a separate league like that of Don Bradman as far as racehorse training is concerned.
His achievement of winning a Melbourne Cup first at the age of 23 and then the subsequent training of 12 Melbourne Cup winners and around 5 Quinellas earned him the title of the “Cups King” or the “Legend’s Legend”!
James Bartholomew Cummings, popularly known as Bart Cummings was born on 14 th November 1927 into a racing family.
Bart Cummings Strapper At Early Age
He was fascinated with horses from an early age and since his father, accomplished trainer Jim Cummings; himself was a horse trainer he was encouraged to help on as a strapper.
He was born and raised in Adelaide and worked for his father after high school at the Adelaide Stables. Using this link he obtained his own training license in 1953.
In 1950 Bart Cummings worked as the strapper for his father’s horse Comic Court that went on to win the Melbourne Cup. This incidence was enough to propel him to set up his own stables at Glenelg in South Australia and in 1958 he attempted his first horse race in the Melbourne Cup.
Although he did not meet with success in this he held a significant win the same year in the form of the South Australian Derby.
He won the Melbourne cup for the first time in 1965 when the winning horse was Light fingers. Also, he won his first Trainer’s Premiership in the 1965-1966 seasons. In 1968 he came up with new stables at Flemington in Melbourne, by the name of Saintly Lodge.
This housed the famous Flemington Racecourse. He won the Trainer’s championships consecutively in the seasons of 1968, 1969 and 1970. He switched to newer stables near the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney in the year 1975, popularly called the Leilani Lodge.
In a time period ranging over 50 years, he has raced more than 78 horses in the Melbourne championships and given Australia 12 winners up till 2009. On five occasions, that is the races in 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975 and 1991, he held credit for training the horses that places first and second both.
The record for the fastest race time in the Melbourne Cup which is 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds by Kingston rule in 1990 is also a feather in his cap. His most recent victory in 2008 in the Melbourne Cup also marked his 50 th anniversary of his first cup runner. At 83 he is still the most popular winner of the nation stopping race ever.
Apart from the Melbourne Cup Bart Cummings has won many important races in Australia like the Caulfield cup, Sydney Cup, Brisbane Cup, Sandown, Queens and Adelaide Cup.
He holds claim to almost 264 Group 1 winnings, more than 745 stakes victories, the 7-time Caulfield Cup, 4 times Golden Slipper Cup, 5-time Cox plate, 9-time VRC Oaks and 8-time New-market Handicap victories.
To felicitate him for his achievements his name has been included in the Australian Sporting and Racing Halls of Fame. He was the inaugural entry to the Racing Hall on 11 th December 1991. He has also featured of a range of Australian legends stamps in the year 2007.
Bart Cummings was rewarded with the membership of the Order of Australia in 1982 for his contribution to racing in Australia and had the chance to carry the Sydney Olympic torch. Bart Cummings has also received many awards from various sporting bodies, like the Victoria Racing Media Personality of the Year 1997.