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Cummings not yet finished after a dozen Cups


Australians splurged more than $150 million on the Melbourne Cup with the big winners the bookmakers and the once-a-year punters who know little about the race except the name Bart Cummings.

Bart_Dato_Cup Australia’s most famous race was won by Australia’s most famous trainer for the 12th time, a record no-one can possibly hope to get near let alone better.

For 80-year-old Cummings and owner Dato’Tan Chin Nam, the celebrations were a little quieter than some but just as sweet.

Cummings is already entrenched in Australian folklore but is not finished yet.

"It’s my job," he said.

"I learnt everything I know from my Dad and I’m lucky to be able to choose the horses and train them."

In the two biggest betting arenas, NSW punters wagered a whopping $51.2 million on the TAB while Victorians invested $36.5 million.

Bookmakers celebrated with Cummings, as his $41 chance Viewed repelled the internationals who had been heavily supported for weeks.

"No big players wanted to back Viewed at all," Betchoice’s Mark Morrissey told AAP.

"The rank and file, Bart’s army, were behind him but all the big money went elsewhere."

Morrissey said the corporate wagering agency had set new betting figures on this year’s race.

"We’ve broken all records," he said. It’s been a huge betting race for us."

Once again the Europeans went home without a win, Luca Cumani faring best with runner-up Bauer who came within a nose.

The Irish contingent finished at the tail of the field and Aidan O’Brien, the man regarded as Europe’s best, said he would be back and he would try to get it right.

But they should be warned that Cummings believes the best of Viewed has yet to be seen.