Cummings, Bart 1927-2015

Coming the Cups King





The Cups King of Australia who won his first and only overseas trophy race in Hong Kong International Mile Bowl. 1997-12-14_8, CATALAN OPENING.





1927-11-14 James Bartholomew “Bart” Cummings AM was born in Adelaide, South Australia.

He was the son of the accomplished Irish-born trainer Jim Cummings, who trained the great stayer COMIC COURT to a win in the 1950 Melbourne Cup.

Bart left school at 14 and started his career working for his father as a strapper.

1953, Cummings received his trainer license and set up stables at Glenelg in South Australia.

1954-08-28, Cummings got married to Valmae.

1965–1966 season, Cummings won his first Trainer’s Premiership.

1968, Cummings opened stables, now called Saintly Lodge, at Flemington in Melbourne.

1982, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the racing industry.

1991-11-24, Cummings sent his first horse to compete abroad for his first time.

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.

CATALAN OPENING gave Cummings a first victory on his first attempt in Hong Kong.

1997-12-14_8, CATALAN OPENING won for Australian training Cup-king, Bart Cummings, while Darren Beadman landed the race in a roll.

“The prize money for the Hong Kong International Races have increased, this is the reason why I am more interested to send my horses to Hong Kong,” said Cummings.

The success of CATALAN OPENING in Hong Kong demonstrated the influential Cummings was not only limited to Australia.


“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.”


When asked about the secret for his success as a trainer in his illustrious career, Cummings contributed to the Randwick produced feed and mineral supplement.

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.





Being a trainer for many years, Cummings still insisted he would never retire.

“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.

His son Anthony and grandson James are also trainers,while second grandson Edward is a stable foreman.





1975, Chan Yuk-lun Allan studied 6 months in Sydney under Tommy Smith and in Melbourne under Bart Cummings.


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





Hong Kong Horse Racing History in Brief – 《RacingMemories.HK》



Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.





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