Sad news today !!!
Bart Cummings has passed away aged 87 :(
OK I hear you ask who is Bart Cummings? If you have never heard of him you would have to be from another Planet ?
I'm sure every Australian, would have heard of Bart Cummings?
Bart was probably the most successful Horse Trainer in the history of Australian Thoroughbred racing, if not the whole World and his feats of training success is 'legendary' and I am not exaggerating !
Here are some of his major successes :
Melbourne Cups, surely everyone has heard of the Melbourne Cup, the ''Race that Stops a Nation''
Well Bart Cummings did not just train One or Two winners of the Melbourne Cup Oh no... he trained 12 yes you read that correctly Twelve !!!
Starting in 1956 with a horse called 'Light Fingers' and his last winner was in 2008 with 'Viewed'.
No one has ever come close to this achievement and I dare to say it will not happen again for a long time, if ever!
Bart also trained over 250 Group One winners and numerous other races and always seemed to have horses running at tracks all over Australia.
The Cummings name will not be lost to racing as Bart Cummings was passing on his uncanny knack of 'picking' great horses to buy and train to his Grandson who hopefully will continue on with Bart's Legacy :)
Rest In Peace Bart Cummings
a sad Opa