The Courier-Mail

BART’S GIFT FROM HEAVEN

- STACY FAR­RAR Sports · New South Wales · Tony Abbott

THIS is the filly that was heaven sent.

Brood mare Holy One gave birth to her foal at 9.30am on Sun­day at Princes Farm, Castlereag­h, west of Syd­ney, just hours af­ter their owner, rac­ing leg­end Bart Cum­mings, had died at the homestead on his beloved prop­erty.

The filly’s mother is a close re­la­tion of the cham­pion Saintly, the race­horse Cum­mings bred, owned and trained to win the 1996 Cox Plate and Mel­bourne Cup dou­ble.

The filly foal’s sire is Ro­man Em­peror, who was trained by Cum­mings to win the 2009 Aus­tralian Derby.

As the tributes con­tinue to flow for the “Cups King”, from the Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and rac­ing iden­ti­ties around the world, it was con­firmed yesterday that a state fu­neral would be held for the leg­endary trainer at Syd­ney’s St Mary’s Cathe­dral next Mon­day. RACE GUIDE P31

HOLY OFF­SPRING: Bart Cum­mings’ heaven-sent filly.

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