The Courier-Mail

CUPS KING FOR­EVER

ROBERT CRAD­DOCK’S TOUCH­ING TRIB­UTE TO BART CUM­MINGS

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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.

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