03 Jun

James Bartholomew Cummings also known as J.B Cummings, his initials. He was born on November 14, 1927, in Adelaide, South Australia. Cummings was one of the most successful Australian racehorse trainers and was known as the Cups King, referring to the Melbourne Cup, as he won a record twelve times.

Cummings started his career working at his father Jim Cummings' stable despite being allergic to horses and hay. Horses were his vocation, from the start, and racing was in his blood. An asthmatic, at the age of 16 he was warned by 경마 his doctor to stay away from horses but destiny awaited. He began training horses when he was 26 and won the first of his Melbourne Cups with mare Light Fingers in 1965. 

Bart Cummings Achievements

  • Winner of almost 7,000 races including 760 stakes races
  • 268 Group One winners
  • 7 Caulfield Cups
  • 5 Cox Plates
  • 4 Golden Slippers, 13 Australian Cups
  •  32 Derbies and 24 Oaks

The many champions to have come under Cummings' care include Galilee, Let's Elope, Saintly, Light Fingers, Taj Rossi, Think Big and So You Think.

Cummings also officially formed a training partnership with grandson James in 2013. It continued a family training dynasty that started with Cummings' father who trained Comic Court to win the Melbourne Cup in 1958, and Cummings' son Anthony is a trainer in his own right He started his own stable in 1990s and has trained several Group 1 winners.


Bart Cummings battle ends, he died peacefully in sleep at the age of 87 at his home at Princes Farm on August 30, 2015. He had been in ill health for some time and rarely ventured from his farm in recent years and also had chronic asthma. His passing was marked with great sadness by the Victoria Racing Club and his presence is greatly missed not just at Flemington or by the industry as a whole, but by the nation. 

His life and the history of the race were intertwined ever since. His horsemanship and training achievements were respected and admired by his peers and he transcended racing to capture the hearts and imagination of the Australian public. He remained active and trained winners all his life, overcoming challenges and adversities which included business reversals and health problems. His ability to pick and train future champions won him international recognition and honors in his own country.

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