Comic Court Australian Thoroughbred
Comic Court Trained By Jim Cummings While Son Bart Was The Stallion’s Strapper
The bay stallion Comic Court set a number of race records during his career, which included an Australasian record timing of 3 minutes 19.5 seconds in the gruelling 1950 Melbourne Cup, carrying 59kg. During his career, Comic Court raced over distances from 1,200m to 3,200m.
The bay stallion was by Powerscourt out of Witty Maid, who was by Anton King. Witty Maid was an outstanding broodmare who produced five siblings to Comic Court. Among the stakes winners were Comedy Prince (20 wins), Gay Comedy (10 wins), and St. Comedy (22 wins).
Powerscourt was the sire of 12 stakes-winners. He was bred at the Beau Neire Stud in Normanville, South Australia by the Bowyer brothers.
Jim Cummings Trainer Of Comic Court
Jim Cummings trained Comic Court, while his son Bart was the stallion’s strapper.
He was raced successfully as a two year old in the 1947-48 season. From just 8 starts he won five major races and finished second in the other three races. His first victory came in the Adelaide RC Fulham Park Plate.
He was sold to the Lee brothers for 2,300 guineas and proved a worthy investment for his new owners. Further victories followed in the PARC Sires’ Produce Stakes and the VRC Ascot Vale Stakes.
Comic Court Wins Major Races
During the 1948-49 season, Comic Court proved his ability to beat the best of competition in the VRC Derby, VRC St. Leger Stakes, and the Memsie Stakes. He also ran second in two other races and finished his season as a three year old with 5 wins from 16 starts.
Winning habit of Comic Court continued as a four year old during the 1949-50 season. The stallion made his connections richer, winning major stakes races. His wins included the Memsie Stakes, VRC Craiglee Stakes, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, St. George Stakes, Ercildoune Stakes, and MVRC Alister Clark Stakes.
He came a close second in the William Reid Stakes and CF Orr Stakes and also ran well to finish second in the WS Cox Plate. In the Caulfield Cup, he managed to finish third. By the end of the season Comic Court had 8 wins in the bag from 14 starts.
Comic Court’s Stake-Winning Streak Continues
His 10 stakes wins were topped with the 1950 Melbourne Cup in which he carried 59kg, a weight that did not stop him from winning by three lengths and set an Australian record time. His stakes wins included the Memsie Stakes, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, VRC Turnbull Stakes, MRC CF Orr Stakes, William Reid Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, St. George Stakes and VRC Ercildoune Stakes. His Melbourne Cup victory set the seal on his greatness.
In the race, he was stirred to the front around 1400m from home and earned a standing ovation from an 80,000 strong Flemington crowd.
He romped home 3 lengths ahead of Chicquita, with Morse Code another length away. Credit also goes to the 23-year-old jockey, Pat Glennon, who after the race said, ‘It’s good tactics when a horse is going well”. You don’t fight him, you let him go and make the others catch you.’
Interestingly, a week prior to the Melbourne Cup, Comic Court was considered certain to miss the Cup. Jockey Jack Purtell, Victoria’s leading jockey was released from his engagement to ride Comic Court so that he could saddle Alister, the Cup favorite. The stallion was only reconsidered after his victory in the Mackinnon Stakes, 4 days earlier.
Comic Court was retired to the Warlaby Stud owned by Mr. E. A. Underwood after entering the record books with 28 wins from 54 starts.
He ran second on 11 occasions and was placed third in three races. His connections were richer by £48,579.
As a stud, Comic Court sired Asian Court, the winner of the Werribee Cup, stakes winners Droll Prince and Gurney, and Comicquita, runner-up of the 1962 Melbourne Cup. Not surprisingly, Comic Court earned his place in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.