Legend Lives on for Cups King
In the past couple of months Bart Cummings’ status as a living legend has been confirmed by both the Racing and Sporting Halls of Fame,which may now have to find a new category just for him.
The man himself says he is a simply a horse trainer.
Europe’s best horse trainer Aidan O’Brien, who brought three horses to Melbourne including the world’s best stayer Septimus, had to watch in dismay as his trio finished near the tail of the field.
"Bart Cummings, he’s a special man isn’t he," O’Brien said.
For Cummings’ son Anthony, who saddled up his first Cup runner, the 16th placed Red Lord, the moment was one to savour.
"It’s sensational," he said. "He just keeps doing it and it certainly gives you something to take aim at."
Among the first to congratulate Cummings was the urbane Luca Cumani, who brought Bauer from England to run a close second while local trainer John Sadler, who prepared third placed C’est La Guerre, said things might be different at trackwork at Flemington.
"I say hello to Bart in the mornings," he said. "From now on I’ll genuflect."
David Hayes, who trained Jeune to win in 1994, was among those searching for words.
"What can you say? It’s awesome, an amazing effort. He keeps backing up over the years."
And he will keep backing up even though he turns 81 next week.
"After four or five Cups I thought it couldn’t get any better than this," he said.
"I think it might be."
By Caryl Williamson