ust call me Bart. Racehorse trainer extraordinaire who has held a training licence since July, 1953, when he began training in his home state of South Australia.
He had already smelled success in racing as he had strapped Comic Court when it won the Melbourne Cup in 1950 in race record time, in front of a Flemington crowd of 81,023, and trained by his father, Jim.
Within 10 years he was at the top of his profession and the winners just rolled in.
In 1974 he became the first trainer in the Commonwealth to train the winners of $1 million in prizemoney in a season, eclipsing the record only hours before his great rival T J Smith.
In July ' 88 he became the first trainer to reach $6 million in prizemoney won.
In 1989/1990 he created history by being the first to win the training premiership in 3 states - South Australia, Victoria and NSW.
The man just keeps on breaking records, with 10 Melbourne Cup wins:
1965 Light Fingers ,
1966 Galilee ,
1967 Red Handed ,
1974/75 Think Big ,
1977 Gold And Black ,
1979 Hyperno ,
1990 Kingston Rule ,
1991 Let's Elope , and
1996 Saintly .
|Bart with Red Handed and Roy Higgins|
Other great horses he has trained are - Ming Dynasty, Dayana, Tontonan, Beau Zam, Cap D'Antibes, Vivarchi, Leilani, Taj Rossi, Like A Show and Dane Ripper .
Other major race wins are - 4 Golden Slipper, 6 Caulfield Cup, 3 Cox Plate, 4 AJC Derby, 5 Victoria Derby, 11 Australian Cup, 8 Newmaket Hcp and 7 VRC Oak, all up some 239 Group One wins from 655 Metropolitan stakes winners.
Bart Cummings has received many awards and accolades in his amazing life including Member Of The Order of Australia, ABC Sportman Of The Year in 1975 and induction into the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame in 1991.
Bart is noted for his dry sense of humour and when jockey Darren Beadman told him he was retiring from riding as he had been 'called by God', Bart offered a second opinion.
After winning his 7th Melbourne Cup in 1979, with Hyperno , he said "I haven't won a Melbourne Cup for a while and it would be nice to win it again - it would be nice to win it ten times....that's a nice round figure." And he eventually did!
Revered by his peers, here are some of the nice things said about him - "It has been an honour to know this extraordinary man of the turf." said T J Smith. "A Genius" said Lee Freedman. "The human Phar Lap " said Gai Waterhouse.
Bart's son, Anthony, is also a leading racehorse trainer at Randwick.