The 155th running of the Melbourne Cup is starting this Tuesday, but legendary trainer Bart Cummings will not featuring for the first time in 62 years.
Cummings passed away peacefully at 87 this year, leaving the racing world in shock. The Victorian Racing Club plans to honour Cummings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his maiden Melbourne Cup victory.
Cummings, who is affectionately known as the “king of the cup”, achieved unmatched success in the race, claiming a record 12 victories. He won three consecutive Cups with Light Fingers, Galilee and Red Handed (1965-67), and also won consecutive cups with Think Big (1974-75). Cummings had his 12th and final victory back in 2008 when his horse, Viewed, won the 5.65 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The Melbourne Cup has become a Australian tradition. The cup will feature 24 runners from all around the globe, ranging from Japan, France and Australia. The 3200m race will come down to the final turn where the whole nation roars to see who will take out the richest prize in Australian racing.
Cummings’ spirit will live on through his son James, who has two runners participating on cup day. – Jesse Mullens.
Top photo of the trophy of Melbourne Cup from Flemington Racecourse and Racing Club Facebook page.