When asked by a journalist, “What do you attribute your success to?” Bart Cummings simply replied, “Horses.” Over his sixty-two year training career, Cummings trained the winners of twelve Melbourne Cups, and a grand total of 268 Gr.1 races. Cummings took out his trainer’s licence in 1953 while based at his father’s stables in Adelaide and broke through for his first Gr.1 five years later when Stormy Passage won the South Australian Derby.

After winning the Melbourne Cup for three successive years (Light Fingers in 1965, Galilee in 1966, and Red Handed in 1967), Cummings had well and truly stamped his mark on Australian racing. In 1968, he moved to Flemington, now known as Saintly Place, and in 1975, he expanded to Randwick with Leilani Lodge.

One day, Cummings’ stables were being inspected by a council health inspector who completed his assessment, then turned to Cummings and said, “You have too many flies in your stables, Mr Cummings.” Bart quickly retorted, “How many am I allowed to have?”