- Pays tribute to the great Bart Cummings
- Features hero images from each of his record 12 Melbourne Cups
- Features a personally signed photograph of Bart Cummings
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If a 16-year-old Bart Cummings had taken expert medical advice to combat the chronic asthma which plagued him, the history of Australian racing would be very different, and so much poorer.
Cummings was given a simple cure for the chronic condition he had suffered all his life.
“It’s easy, stay away from horses and chaff,” his doctor told him.
That was not an easy task — in fact it was impossible, and Cummings immediately high-tailed it back to his father Jim’s stable to feed the horses.
Seven decades and 12 Melbourne Cups later, Cummings is firmly entrenched in Australian folklore as the Cups King, and is unlikely to be matched.
The next best is five winners by the Freedman brothers — their last two Cups in 2004 and 2005 coming when in charge of Makybe Diva for two of her three Cup wins.
But he was anything but a once-a-year trainer and his record of 268 Group One victories has only been bettered by the late TJ Smith with 279.
“I don’t keep records,” Cummings once said. “That may sound strange but I never look back, I only look ahead.
“You can’t dwell on the past. Racing goes on and you have to go with it.”
In keeping with that philosophy, Cummings was not content to rest on his laurels as a successful trainer in the southern states, and moved his family to Sydney in 1975 where he set up Leilani Lodge at Randwick.
“When he moved to Sydney, I did not think he would adjust to the competition of Sydney racing,” arch-rival TJ said.
“Once again he amazed me.”
So what were his secrets?
The training regime?
“A good horse will win the race you train him for,” was the reply.
Is it in the feed?
“I like to feed horses as much as they will eat.”