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The great Australian and Australia’s greatest horse trainer Bart Cummings died aged 87 on 30 August, as the racing world was preparing for the start of the famous Spring Carnival. The carnival climax is the Melbourne Cup, with which Bart has become synonymous because of his record 12 wins, spawning his nickname ‘The Cups King’.
Cummings, a racing legend through deed and through designation, having been given that rare status by the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, is immortalised in bronze at Flemington, the scene of his Cup wins from 1965 (with the great and brave mare Light Fingers) to 2008 (Viewed).
The Slattery Media Group, with the Herald Sun, pays tribute to Cummings and his life well lived in a special 96-page commemorative magazine. It gives just kudos with articles and photos of his legendary career that brought 268 Group 1 successes, including:
Those close to Bart tell what he meant to them and their careers, and those who tallied the stats reveal the list of his champions, from his first Group 1 winner (Stormy Passage, 1959 SAJC Derby) to No. 268, (Hallowed Crown, 2015 Randwick Guineas, in partnership with grandson James Cummings).
Celebrate Bart and his monumental achievements with Bart. The Legend.