Statue of Bart Cummings at Randwick in the Works
Randwick racecourse has announced plans to erect a statue in a conspicuous spot inside the grounds to honour the memory of Bart Cummings.
It would seem more than appropriate to recognise the trainer who counted 266 Group 1 race wins in his career, along with what seems like an untouchable record, winning 12 Melbourne Cups and earning the aka. of “The Cups King.”
After training thoroughbreds for over 50 years, Bart Cummings passed his pedigree along to his grandson James. Together, the two produced two more winners that succeeded at the highest levels.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Cummings’ passing and ATC chief executive officer Darren Pearce made the announcement, saying that the Cummings family will be part of consultations in order to insure that the monument is in accordance with their wishes.
Bart Cummings was a cultural icon as much for his cultivated curmudgeonly demeanour as he was for his training prowess.
When asked to name the factor that contributed most to his success, he replied succinctly, “Horses.”
In 1996, when Saintly came home to take the Melbourne Cup, a commentator, hinting at sentimentality of Cummings’ part, commented that Cummings’ had a tear in his eye. “Yeah, I didn’t have enough on it,” was the terse reply.