Bartholomew 'Bart' Cummings AM (born 14 November
1927) is one of the most successful Australian
racehorse trainers, and is known as the Melbourne
Cup King, having won the 'race that stops a nation'
a record eleven times.
was born in South Australia in 1927, son of successful
trainer Jim Cummings. He started his career working
for his father as a strapper, despite being allergic
received his trainer license in 1953, and set
up stables at Glenelg in South Australia. His
first significant win came in 1958, when he won
the South Australian Derby, the same year he bought
his first yearling.
won his first Trainer's Premiership in the 1965-1966
season. Not only did he achieve his first Melbourne
Cup victory, but he also won the Adelaide, Caulfield,
Sandown, Sydney, Brisbane and Queen's cups.
1968, Cummings opened stables at Flemington in
Melbourne, home of the Flemington Racecourse,
now called 'Saintly Lodge'. Later that year, he
won the Trainer's Premiership in both Victoria
and South Australia, a feat which he would replicate
in the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
1969, the favourite for the Melbourne Cup was
Cummings' horse Big Philou, which had already
won the Caulfield Cup. However, the horse was
drugged with a large dose of laxative the night
before the race and was unable to compete.
1975, Cummings moved his operations to a new facility
near Randwick Racecourse
in Sydney, called 'Leilani Lodge'.
the late 1980s, Cummings spent millions of dollars
purchasing racehorses, much of the money spent
on behalf of a tax minimization syndicate. Unfortunately,
like many other trainers Cummings was hit hard
by the recession of the early 1990s. With help
from Reg Inglis' organization, however, he was
able to avoid certain bankruptcy and continue
11 December 1991, Bart Cummings was inducted into
the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He was also
an inaugural inductee into the Australian Racing
Hall of Fame. He was made a member of the Order
of Australia in 1982 for his services to the racing
industry. In 2007, Australia Post placed his image
on a postage stamp as part of its Australian Legends
far, Cummings has achieved 248 Group 1 victories,
and 690 Stakes victories. He has won the Golden
Slipper Stakes four times, and the Newmarket Handicap
Cummings' most recent Group 1 winner was Sirmione
at 60-1 in the Mackinnon Stakes.
Melbourne Cup winners
has trained ten winners of the Melbourne Cup,
for a total of eleven wins:
* Light Fingers (1965)
* Galilee (1966)
* Red Handed (1967)
* Think Big (1974 & 1975)
* Gold and Black (1977)
* Hyperno (1979)
* Kingston Rule (1990)
* Let's Elope (1991)
* Saintly (1996)
* Rogan Josh (1999)
Melbourne Cup trophies are on display at the Australian
Racing Museum in Federation Square, in Melbourne.
1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, and 1991, Cummings trained
both the first and second place winners in the
Melbourne Cup. (Credit: