CUPS KING FOREVER
ROBERT CRADDOCK’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO BART CUMMINGS
IT IS the safest bet in racing, that Bart Cummings will remain Cups King forever.
And that is the way racing would want it to be.
When it came to Melbourne Cups, Bart Cummings was Don Bradman with a bridle.
And just as Bradman doubled the batting average of the next best, so did Cummings in his beloved Cup, winning it 12 times – seven better than any- one else. The increased globalisation of the Cup, now dominated by foreign stayers, means his record will never be beaten for no one will ever dominate like he did.
But his legacy stretched far beyond cold statistics, for he was one of the most captivating and enigmatic characters of the turf.
Shy, studious, arrogant, colourful, inquisitive and resilient were all words used to describe him during a six-decade training career which ended when he died in Sydney early yesterday, aged 87.
Numbers defined his record but his legacy was far bigger than his bulging trophy cabinet.
It was everything that went with him.