Coming the Cups King
1927-11-14 James Bartholomew “Bart” Cummings AM was born in Adelaide, South Australia.
Bart left school at 14 and started his career working for his father as a strapper.
1954-08-28, Cummings got married to Valmae.
1965–1966 season, Cummings won his first Trainer’s Premiership.
1982, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the racing industry.
His SALSBERY ROAD got a third place defeated by the Gary Stevers ridden GOLDEN PHEASANT in that Japan Cup.
1991-12-11, Cummings was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Up to the record verified so far, Cummings might score every trophy in Australia, but not too many abroad.
His only international triumph came with a galloper in the 1997 Hong Kong International Mile.
“The three international races are high in standard. I am quite satisfied with the race track but there is something I like to make mention. The area is too small with limited space for the horses to move around in. If the Jockey Club could make the necessary improvements, I believe it will attract more overseas trainers to send their horses to compete.”
Regarding the long trip, the most important is to avoid the phenomenon of being unaccustomed to the climate on a long flight over. “My horse has been training well in Australia and upon arrival in Hong Kong, he only needed to maintain some slow exercise. Each morning, I would check his temperature myself and observe the changes in the condition of his health.” he said.
2000, he was awarded a Centennial Medal and carried the Olympic Torch.
2001, he was an inaugural inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
2007, Australia Post placed his image on a postage stamp as part of its Australian Legends series.
“Ï still love my job, and in fact, I never have thought of retirement.”
2015-08-30, Cummings passed away in Prince’s Farm in Castlereagh NSW.
2015-09-07, his family accepted an offer by the Premier of New South Wales, of a state funeral.
Cummings achieved 266 Group 1 victories and more than 762 stakes victories.
12 Melbourne Cups
7 Caulfield Cups
4 Golden Slipper Stakes
5 Cox Plates
9 VRC Oaks
8 Newmarket Handicaps
13 Australian Cups
Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.