Can Bart cummings make it 13 cups in 2009 ?
James Bartholomew Cummings was born and raised in Adelaide, working for his father at the Adelaide stables after completing high school at Marist Brothers, Sacred Heart College. He took out his own training licence in 1953, utilising his father’s stables. Bart first hit the headlines when he not only won his first Melbourne Cup in 1965 with Light Fingers
Bart Cummings first experienced the thrill of a Melbourne Cup win at 23 years of age when he strapped the home-bred Comic Court for his father Jim Cummings in 1950. His training feat to date of 12 Melbourne Cup winners and 5 quinellas has earned him the title of “ Cups King ”.
James Bartholomew ‘Bart’ Cummings AM (born 14 November 1927) is one of the most successful Australian racehorse trainers, and is known as the “Cups King”, referring to theMelbourne Cup, as he has won the ‘race that puts a nation to a stop’ a record twelve times.
He won his first Group 1 with Stormy Passage in the SAJC Derby in 1958 and has gone on to train stakes winners every year for 51 years since. Viewed’s Melbourne Cup win in 2008 made it Group 1 win number 250, and a few days later Swick’s Group 1 win made it 251. Bart went on to train his 252nd Group 1 winner at the AJC Derby in the same racing year 2008/2009
The Australian Racing Museum moved to Federation Square in Melbourne in 2004 and Bart Cummings’ 12 Melbourne Cup trainers’ trophies are currently on display there, an impressive sight. In fact it was Mrs. Valmae Cummings, Bart’s wife, who first suggested trainers should receive a miniature replica of the Melbourne Cup trophy presented to the owners, a suggestion which has since been implemented by the Victorian Racing Club.
Flemington – “Saintly Place”
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Flemington is arguably the centre of Australian racing. The home of the Melbourne Cup is also the location of Saintly Place – the site of success for Bart`s incredible 12 Melbourne Cup winners. A first class racing and training facility that has been the mainstay of Bart Cummings` training operations for 40 years.
In 2004, Bart received a surprise honour from the VRC. The club presented J.B.Cummings with Lifetime Membership, the first time a trainer has received the honour.
Melbourne Cup winners
Cummings has won twelve Melbourne Cups with eleven horses:
- Light Fingers (1965)
- Galilee (1966)
- Red Handed (1967)
- Think Big (1974 & 1975)
- Gold and Black (1977)
- Hyperno (1979)
- Kingston Rule (1990)
- Let’s Elope (1991)
- Saintly (1996)
- Rogan Josh (1999)
- Viewed (2008)
FROM THE STABLE OF BART CUMMINGS
Melbourne Cup 2009
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His other notable achievements include:
- 12 Australian Cups
- Six Caulfield Cups
- Eight Newmarket Handicaps
- Three W.S.Cox Plates
- Four Golden Slipper Stakes
- 23 Derbies (5 VRC, 4 AJC, 10 SAJC, 4 WATC)
- 23 Oaks (8 VRC, 7 AJC, 6 SAJC, 1 QTC, 1 WATC)
Bart Thinking About Another Guineas 7/10/2009
Champion trainer Bart Cummings fears Denman as the horse that stands between him and a seventh win in Saturday’s $1 million Caulfield Guineas.
Bart Cummings horse wining stats – > http://www.horsedirectory.com.au/racinghistory/trainer/profiles/bart_cummings.html