Cups King Bart Cummings dies aged 87

Legendary Australian racehorse trainer Bart Cummings has died at the age of 87 in Sydney.

His son Anthony confirmed the news via social media site Twitter.

“Dad died peacefully in his sleep early this morning (Saturday), surrounded by his family,” Anthony posted.


“He lived a full life.”

Tributes quickly followed for the man who trained a record 12 Melbourne Cup winners and was known as The Cups King.

Born James Bartholomew Cummings in 1927, his father Jim was also a Melbourne Cup winning horse trainer.

Cummings started work with his father as a strapper, despite having an allergy to horses and hay.

He then went on to become a trainer himself in the 1950s and never looked back, winning 12 Melbourne Cups over 50 years with 11 horses including Think Big (twice), Rogan Josh and Galilee. His most recent win was in 2008 with Viewed.

Cummings also knotched up 268 Group One victories throughout his remarkable career.

He is member of both the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Overnight, tributes flowed on Twitter, with fans describing Cummings as a ‘true legend’ and ‘greatest of all time’.