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Bart Cummings trophy display unveiled at Flemington
05 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

A collection of 149 trophies won by the ‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings was unveiled at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday.

The Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll joined Victoria Racing Club for the launch of the Bart Cummings Trophy Collection which features all 12 of Cummings’ Melbourne Cup trainer’s trophies, two Caulfield Cups and four Cox Plates.

The collection is housed in the recently redeveloped undercroft area of the Hill Stand, named Saintly Place in honour of Cummings’ 1996 Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate winning horse Saintly.

The recent $1.7 million redevelopment of the undercroft was made possible thanks to a $850,000 boost from the Victorian Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

The newly renovated Saintly Place also features improved access for people with disabilities, a revamped bar, signage, and furniture and offers superb views of Flemington’s winning post – the scene of so many of Cummings’ wins.

The display is a permanent fixture honouring one of Australia’s greatest ever horse trainers and is free for all racegoers to visit.



Anthony Cummings, picture Karon Photography

Cummings’ record run started with Light Fingers in 1965 and finished with Viewed’s winning dash in 2008. His horses also won 13 Australian Cups, nine Victoria Racing Club Oaks and eight Newmarket Handicaps at Flemington.

The trophies and awards had been displayed in the Cummings family home, including cabinets in the family’s formal dining room and offices at Princess Farm.

The collection includes statues made of bronze, trophies and presentation plates of sterling silver and gold, crystal pieces and silk presentation sashes.

Plans for their installation in Saintly Place were made prior to Cummings’ death in 2015 and were endorsed by Cummings.

Cummings’ 11th Melbourne Cup winner, Rogan Josh, watched the unveiling from the Flemington front lawn, visiting from his home at Living Legends. He was joined by Precedence, the last Cup runner for Cummings in 2014 and the first he shared with grandson James. Precedence is now enjoying a successful post-racing career as a show horse, and is partly owned by long-time Cummings foreman Reg Fleming.

In attendance at the unveiling of the collection were Bart Cummings’ son, trainer Anthony Cummings, daughters, Margaret McDonald-Cavanagh and Anne Marie Casey, grandson and his wife, trainer James and Monica Cummings, Reg Fleming, author of The Master, A Personal Portrait of Bart Cummings, Les Carlyon AC, trackwork rider for Cummings for more than 30 years, Joe Agresta and Rogan Josh’s owner, Wendy Green.

VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said the new display was a fitting tribute to Australia’s most famous and loved horse trainer.

“We are deeply honoured and thankful to Bart and the Cummings family for bequeathing this immensely important collection to the Club,” she said.

“The collection is not only a homage to Cummings’ unparalleled feats as a trainer, but his enduring relationships with family, jockeys, owners and horses.

“It delivers a fascinating insight into his story, charting his stratospheric rise from provincial cups to the ultimate race in the world, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and it is fitting that the collection is on show for all to see in Saintly Place, a general admission area overlooking the Flemington winning post, the scene of 83 of Cummings’ Group 1 wins.

“It is an important part of not only the Cummings family history but Australian sporting history, and it is fitting that it is housed at Flemington, the track that made Bart famous.

“I’m sure racing enthusiasts and the public alike who all knew and loved Bart will absolutely relish the opportunity to come to this beautiful racecourse and view one of the great trophy collections of the world.”

Anthony Cummings, said the family was pleased the collection was on show for the wider public.

“We’re delighted that the collection is being housed at Flemington, so we along with the wider racing public can enjoy and remember Bart’s extraordinary feats for years to come,” he said.

“Bart typically avoided fuss, but he was delighted for this tribute to be at Flemington and we’re pleased to be part of the collection’s unveiling.”

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