The Courier-Mail

Cup could be named af­ter Bart

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FOR­MER Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club boss Dale Mon­teith has said con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to nam­ing the Mel­bourne Cup this year af­ter master trainer Bart Cum­mings.

Mr Mon­teith, who as the race club CEO for 12 years worked closely with Cum­mings (pic­tured), said his achieve­ment of win­ning 12 Mel­bourne Cups was truly unique.

“This idea is well worth con­sid­er­ing,’’ he said. “We’ve only got one chance to celebrate the life of a leg­end.”

He said the sup­port of the Cup nam­ing rights spon­sor Emi­rates would be needed to name the 2015 race the Emi­rates Bart Cum­mings Mel­bourne Cup.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the VRC and Bart was pretty spe­cial,’’ Mr Mon­teith said.

For the first time this year, the win­ner of The Bart Cum­mings race in Oc­to­ber will au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the Mel­bourne Cup.

The VRC said yesterday a public me­mo­rial ser­vice would be held for the Cups king on Satur­day week at Flem­ing­ton.

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