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O.P. « 2008-Nov-04, 08:23 PM »
 
 

Legend

 

1965
Light Fingers

1966
Galilee
1967
Red Handed
1974
Think Big
1975
Think Big
1977
Gold and Black

 


James Bartholomew Cummings

1979
Hyperno
1990
Kingston Rule
1991
Let's Elope
1996
Saintly
1999
Rogan Josh
2008
Viewed




Graphic originally posted by Tontoran from Australian Horse Racing Forum


Here's to the health of your blood, the blood of your health

For it takes good health to make good blood

Here's to your very good health

Here's to me, here's to you

May we never disagree

In the event that we do

Here's to me, to hell with you.


Dato'Tan Chin Nam to Bart Cummings
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CAREER PROFILE

Bart Cummings first experienced the thrill of a Melbourne Cup win at 23 years of age when he strapped the home-bred Comic Court for his father Jim Cummings in 1950.  His training feat to date of 11 Melbourne Cup winners and 5 quinellas has earned him the title of “ Cups King ”. 

                              

                            `Bart Cummings strapping Comic Court before the Sydney Cup`

James Bartholomew Cummings was born and raised in Adelaide, working for his father at the Adelaide stables after completing high school at Marist Brothers, Sacred Heart College.  He took out his own training licence in 1953, utilising his father’s stables.   He won his first Group 1 with Stormy Passage in the SAJC Derby in 1958 and has gone on to train stakes winners every year for 47 years since.  Sirmione's win in the 2008 Group 1 Australian Cup saw the stakes winners total reach 695, including 249 Group 1 winners.

Bart established stables at Flemington, now known as Saintly Place, in 1968, which are still his Melbourne headquarters today, and set up stables at Randwick, now known as Leilani Lodge, in 1975, from which he manages his training and spelling operations. 

 

  `Horse inspection at Leilani Lodge`          `Green & Gold`             ` Saintly on parade'

Bart first hit the headlines when he not only won his first Melbourne Cup in 1965 with Light Fingers, but also went on to train the winners of the two subsequent years, Galilee in 1966 and Red Handed in 1967.  For good measure, he also trained the second placegetters in 1965 and 1966.  This was just the start of J.B.Cummings affinity with the Melbourne Cup.   In 1966/67, Bart scored 7 Group Cup wins when he trained the winners of the Melbourne, Caulfield, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sandown and Queens Cups with four different horses.  Quite an accomplishment..

Proving his versatility as a trainer, Bart also trained horses at the time which were winning Group 1 sprint races, such as the Lightning Stakes (Anna Rose), and the major Group 1 race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper Stakes (Storm Queen).

 
`Storm Queen winning the Golden Slipper by a head from Academy Star, with Very Merry 3rd`

In fact he has trained the winner of the Golden Slipper four times to date and won the premier Group 1 sprint race at Flemington, the Newmarket Handicap, a record 8 times, most recently with Shaftesbury Avenue in 1991.  Bart's currently has two very good  sprinters in Mimi Lebrock and Occurrence who are being aimed at Group One glory. 

The 1972/1973 season saw the first of Bart’s horses to be named Champion Racehorse of the Year, in the four time Derby winner Dayana.  Since then he has consistently added to the list, with Taj Rossi, Leilani, Lord Dudley, Maybe Mahal, Hyperno, Beau Zam, Let’s Elope and  the home bred Saintly the most recent addition in 1996/1997 to bring the current total to  nine.

 `Dayana`          `Taj Rossi`          `Leilani`          `Lord Dudley`   `Maybe Mahal`  

    

                  

            `Hyperno`           `Beau Zam`            `Let's Elope`          `Saintly`
In 1974, Bart was the first trainer not only in Australia, but also in the British Commonwealth, to train the earners of over one million dollars in prize money.  The prize money earnings were supported by 20 Group 1 wins, which included Leilani’s five Group 1 successes and the first of Think Big’s two Melbourne Cups.

Bart was honoured with the  Order of Australia in 1982 for his services to the racing industry and his tireless promotion of racing to the public.  He was subsequently inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1991 and was an inaugural inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.   Bart has received numerous awards over the years from sporting bodies, including Victoria Racing Media Personality of the Year 1997.  He was also honoured with the Centennial Medal in 2000 and in the same year carried the Olympic torch down the Flemington straight.

                             
                                     `Bart Cummings with the 2000 Olympic Torch`

Bart broke another record in 1988, when he was the first trainer to reach earnings of over six million dollars in prize money, this time with eleven Group 1 winners with horses such as Champion stayer Beau Zam and sprinter/miler Campaign King.

Bart purchased the historic property Princes Farm in 1988, located on the Nepean River at Castlereagh, within easy driving distance of the Randwick stables.   The 150 acre spelling and breeding complex complements Bart’s training and breeding activities and it was at Princes Farm that Saintly was born and raised.  The Cummings family have always bred their own horses as well as making purchases at the many yearling sales throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Recent breeding successes include Taikun, Flying Pegasus, Outback Prince, Hotel Grand, Moonboat and the promising Related.

`Bart & Saintly at Princes Farm`

In 1989/1990, JB Cummings won the trainers premiership in three different states, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the first time it had been done.   There were 20 stakes winners and six Group 1 wins that season, including Tristanagh’s VATC 1000 Guineas and VRC Oaks.  Bart is now one of the few top trainers to operate stables at Flemington and Randwick, as well as running his own spelling and breeding complex.

The establishment of the Racing Hall of Fame occurred in 2001, and Bart was an inaugural inductee, along with other significant contributors to racing, such as Tommy Smith, George Moore and the immortal Phar Lap.   Bart’s topline stayer Galilee was inducted in 2005 for his staying performances in the 1960’s which includes a Sydney Cup win by a margin of six lengths carrying 60.5kgs in 1967.

` Prime Minister John Howard congratulating Bart on his induction`

The Australian Racing Museum moved to Federation Square in Melbourne in 2004 and Bart Cummings’ 11 Melbourne Cup trainers' trophies are currently on display there, an impressive sight.   In fact it was Mrs. Valmae Cummings, Bart’s wife, who first suggested trainers should receive a miniature replica of the Melbourne Cup trophy presented to the owners, a suggestion which has since been implemented by the Victorian Racing Club. 

In 2004, Bart received a surprise honour from the VRC.  The club presented J.B.Cummings with Lifetime Membership, the first time a trainer has received the honour.  The VRC also re-named the 2500m open handicap race previously known as “The Banjo Paterson” race, “The Bart Cummings”, which appropriately, is a Melbourne Cup qualifying race.   

Bart is still actively training from his Randwick and Flemington stables and regularly attends the annual yearling auctions looking for his next champion.  With his consistent selection and training techniques, there is no reason the "Cups King" cannot add more trophies to his owners` cabinets.

                              

                                        `Bart Cummings inspecting yearlings at the sales`





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« 2008-Nov-04, 09:30 PM Reply #2 »
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Allez Suez
  Epsom Hcp

Catalan Opening
   Chrysler Stakes, Doncaster Hcp, Hong Kong International Bowl

Dane Ripper
   Australian Cup, Cox Plate, Stradbroke Hcp

Danendri
   AJC Oaks, Storm Queen Stakes

Dashing Eagle
   Thousand Guineas

Empires Choice
    Queensland Derby

God's Own
   Caulfield Guineas

Kingston Rule
   Melbourne Cup

Let's Elope

   Australian Cup, Caulfield Cup

Magical Miss

   Memsie Stakes, Thousand Guineas , VRC Oaks

Rogan Josh
   Mackinnon Stakes, Melbourne Cup

Saintly
   Australian Cup, CF Orr Stakes, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup

Shaftesbury Avenue
   Caulfield Stakes

Sirmione
   Australian Cup, Mackinnon Stakes

Wonderful World
   Caulfield Guineas


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« 2008-Nov-12, 09:16 PM Reply #3 »

 

Flemington week - the week that was for winning Cup owner 11 Nov 2008
By Rob Burnet

Blake Shinn and Viewed carry Dato Tan Chin Nam's silks (yellow) to victory in the 2008 Emirates Melbourne Cup, picture Quentin Lang, quentinjlang.com.

 

On Tuesday last week one of Australia’s largest, but modestly viewed, pun intended, owners of thoroughbred racehorses, and now sires and broodmares and a stud to house them all, won his fourth Group I Emirates Melbourne Cup when Viewed, by Scenic, and Blake Shinn outlasted Bauer (IRE) by a nose at Flemington.

For Dato Tan Chin Nam it was a celebration with his great friend, and racing colleague and trainer, Bart Cummings, as they both take no notice of their advanced years, and meticulously plan for their next Melbourne Cup, and any number of winners in the meantime.
Cummings will be 81 on Friday, and it just seems like a sensible time to plot the next victory. Dato Tan Chin Nam did not even let a Melbourne Cup win from stopping further winners throughout the week for his famous black and white checks, yellow sleeves, black and white checked cap silks.
The week’s victories actually started on Victoria Derby Day at Rosehill when four-year-old Zabeel gelding Zazabeau (NZ) won over 2400m under Peter Robl. It was Zazabeau’s maiden win after 11 previous starts, but the future is always bright when a Zabeel starts to show his potential at four, over ground, and with further maturity to come.
The winning then moved to Flemington and Viewed’s great victory to add to the Think Big duo in 1974/5 and Saintly in 1996.
On Thursday there were no winners, but third and fourth in the Group I Crown Oaks at Flemington with Allez Wonder, by Redoute’s Choice, and Think Money, by Danehill Dancer.
The latter filly Chin Nam bred, and with his stud in the NSW Southern Highlands called Think Big, the filly with her Group I place might well retire there in due course and produce commercial yearlings. The former filly, Allez Wonder, is raced with his former Wonderful World partners, Dr Michael Alexeeff and Suez Thoroughbreds. They sold the Group I Caulfield Guineas winner to Patinack Farm earlier this year for a very commercial sum, with shades of the fourth placed filly’s name coming to the fore.
That was enough placings and Randwick featured in Sydney on Saturday when Fianchetto (NZ) won over 2000m for the second time in succession. The five-year-old Montjeu gelding, raced with partners, has taken time to come to himself as is typical of the breed, and with the untimely intervention of equine influenza.
But both Chin Nam and Cummings have time aplenty and it win number for Fianchetto and more maybe in store over the coming weeks.
Fianchetto is named after Chin Nam’s other great passion, chess, with the Italian name meaning “an opening in chess” when the bishop moves from its home onto one of the long diagonals.
Singapore on Sunday concluded the week in a satisfactory manner when Deefour (AUS) won the last race of the Singapore Turf Club’s programme at Kranji, a class four over 1800. The five-year-old Grand Lodge gelding, trained by KC Yeoh, was ridden by Noel Callow.
Chin Nam’s Singapore interests might also provide an entry into the Hong Kong International Races in December with another Scenic gelding, Capablanca (AUS) in the running to contest the Group I HKJC International Sprint at Sha Tin.
The owner has won previously at the HKJC International Races with Catalan Opening (NZ), by Kaapstad, winning the 1997 then Group II Hong Kong International Bowl (1400m).
Meanwhile Chin Nam inspected Think Big Stud after his Melbourne Cup triumph; there was no time to waste in planning for the future, and perhaps a home-bred Melbourne Cup winner by Viewed in the coming years.

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« 2008-Nov-12, 10:00 PM Reply #4 »

I have borrowed this article posted by muggins1936 from the 'New HorseRacing Community Forum


My life with the Cups king

Article from: Sunday Herald Sun

Rod Nicholson

November 09, 2008 12:00am

FOR 54 years she has nodded acknowledgment of his impact on the Melbourne Cup, and, one suspects, secretly thrilled at Bart Cummings's genius and resilience.

But not for a second will you see Val Cummings jigging in the mounting yard, yelling from the grandstand or muscling in on photo opportunities.

Cummings's wife has been by his side (figuratively) for his record 12 Melbourne Cup successes, the early hard years, the financial crisis of the late 1980s -- which cost them $30 million and their Sydney mansion in fashionable Vaucluse -- as well as the pleasant times as a mother of five and grandmother of 15.

(Cummings confirmed the number, adding: "And there won't be any more children!")

Their union began in struggling times, a year after Cummings took out his licence to train in the western suburbs of Adelaide.

This week, Val told with much conviction how she was "very proud" of the master horse trainer.

"He's a great father and husband," she continued.

"We don't change, no matter how many Cups or big races he wins. We never will.

"I never get sick of watching him win it.

"To win the 12th Cup was thrilling. But, knowing Bart, I'd say we aren't finished yet."

During Melbourne's Spring Racing Carnival, routine dictates their lifestyle.

Cummings, 81 next Friday, rises every morning to attend trackwork and returns to Crown for breakfast at 9.30am.

MOSTLY, Val waits for him -- to come home from trackwork, race meetings or other racing engagements.

"I'm a patient woman," she said. "I am not his keeper; he's old enough to look after himself at the track.

"We have set ways. It happens at our age." For example, racing's grand couple attend church every Sunday. And, because the 3.30am starts take their toll, Val explains that 10.30pm is departure time from evening functions and bedtime is earlier on rare free nights.

While they are constant companions, each have almost defined roles.

"Bart is the trainer and I don't get involved or interfere with any of that," Val said.

"I have never wanted to be in the foreground. I actually enjoy being part of the crowd, to see Bart win, but in the background.

"I go to Flemington during the carnival, but rarely elsewhere, even at home in Sydney.

"I don't go into the mounting yard. Actually, I watched the Melbourne Cup from the Terrace Restaurant on Tuesday, which suits me fine."

Valmae Mary (nee Baker) travels everywhere with her illustrious husband, a Legend of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and almost every other worthwhile organisation.

His 12th Cup is seven more than his nearest rival, Lee Freedman. He goes to Flemington for the big event, where a bronze statue of himself greets him and 100,000 others.

The latest win, against a swarm of international entries, encouraged many to suggest Cummings has surpassed Phar Lap as Australia's greatest racing identity.

Val Cummings is chuffed: "He's earned it. Truly earned it."

Val only occasionally shares the limelight. She ran "the front office" before growing administrative demands required full-time staff.

A racing enthusiast before she met Cummings, she helps keep abreast of breeders and suppliers.

They had lean times before his first race win with Wells in 1955. And, with a young family, those lean times became even more demanding when Cummings was suspended in November, 1961, for a year.

Cummings's horse, Cilldara, who ran last at $51 at his previous start, won after Cummings applied blinkers - new to racing at the time. Supporting evidence - including from Tommy Smith -- could quash the verdict.

Son Anthony, one of Sydney's prominent trainers, had his first Melbourne Cup runner, Red Lord, in Tuesday's Cup.

He was beaten by his dad then and was beaten by him again yesterday when Swick gave Cummings his 251st Group 1 winner by a half-length over the Anthony-trained Turfontein.

If anything was to test the couple's resolve, it was the failure of a horse syndication scheme in 1989. They lost $30 million and most of their assets, including their Vaucluse home.

In typical fashion, they stuck together, paid the creditors and moved on.

"Bart doesn't look back," Val said. "He's an optimist and gets on with life, accepting good with bad."

A regular churchgoer, Cummings doesn't think religion should be worn on the sleeve: "I think you have to have faith in yourself, faith in your horses and faith in God."

They joke about Cummings's love of horses.

"Between the horses and Val, I get along all right," Bart said only half tongue-in-cheek about the horses.

There have been suggestions the great trainer gets on better with the horses than he does with people.

"That goes without saying," Val said, "because they don't talk back."

"Definitely correct there," Cummings chipped in.

Both agreed that racing had provided a wonderful opportunity.

"You meet wonderful people in racing. All walks of life.

"I don't think there is any other industry where all types of people come together and all with one goal. That is to have the best horse in the best race and to win it.

"Even the Queen, with all her assets, can't achieve her ultimate goal, to win the English Derby or the Kentucky or Melbourne Cup," Cummings said.

Val can enjoy herself and find winners, too.

On Melbourne Cup eve in 1965, Mrs Cummings dreamed that Light Fingers beat Ziema in a photo to give her husband the Cup quinella.

Cummings dismissed his wife's premonition, but when Light Fingers won by a head at $16 from Ziema, Mrs Cummings had a windfall.

And when Saintly provided Cummings with his 10th Melbourne Cup in 1996, she explained her feelings in one word, made famous in a Mary Poppins movie - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

She and Cummings spend many pleasant days at their luxurious retreat at Princes Farm, Castlereagh, near the Blue Mountains, with Saintly, her favourite horse, of course.

Very good story  Good Health and Happiness to Bart and Val.


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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:17 PM Reply #5 »
The man is just a legend.

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:18 PM Reply #6 »
I am going to write a letter to the queen to have him knighted.  :yes:

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:19 PM Reply #7 »
I am going to write a letter to the queen to have him knighted.  :yes:

You better send an email, the cost of a stamp may give you a coronary

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:21 PM Reply #8 »
The man is just a legend.

I had Daffodil going for plenty and at the top of the straight I was half counting my money. Then took a quick look back to the inside to see if anything was getting up....new I was farked straight away!

The greatest trainer we will ever see.   :noteworthy:

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:35 PM Reply #9 »
I had Daffodil going for plenty and at the top of the straight I was half counting my money. Then took a quick look back to the inside to see if anything was getting up....new I was farked straight away!

The greatest trainer we will ever see.   :noteworthy:

Cant say the same for myself mate, I noticed the run Rawiller had pinched as they were rounding the bend, then when Roman hit the front I got a little excited, but looked back and saw the champion storming home and that was that.

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:42 PM Reply #10 »
Mark,

Please don't try and say you backed Viewed, you haven't tipped it to run first 4 in the comps

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:45 PM Reply #11 »
His eyebrows need urgent attention.   :lol:

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:45 PM Reply #12 »
Mark,

Please don't try and say you backed Viewed, you haven't tipped it to run first 4 in the comps

I'm saying I backed Roman you fwit

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« 2009-Oct-17, 03:49 PM Reply #13 »
My daughter worked for Bart for a few years. For my birthday a few years ago She bought a Photo of Saintly and got Bart and Darren to sign it and had it framed . It is up on the wall in my room. Funny , I was talking to Harold Light yesterday ( worked for Bart for many years ) Now Anthony's foreman. We didn't even discuss the races.  Some acheivements will never be duplicated . Mr. Cummings' are in that catagory.   :king:

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« 2009-Oct-17, 05:34 PM Reply #14 »
Some acheivements will never be duplicated . Mr. Cummings' are in that catagory.    :king:  

Agreed Clibbo.   emthup

He just re writes it all.

If I heard right this arvo Viewed has now won the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and Caulfield Cups.   :wtf:   He's won the Melb Cup, then come back and won the Caulfield. How often do they do that, they don't.

The man's amazing. I just wish it could go on for another 20 yrs.

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« 2009-Oct-17, 05:39 PM Reply #15 »
It is a pleasure to have people such as Bart involved with racing.


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« 2009-Oct-17, 05:41 PM Reply #16 »
takes you 10 minutes just to read through them all.  :no1:

12                  Melbourne Cups

1965,  1966,  1967,  1974,  1975,  1977,  1979,  1990,  1991,  1996,  1999, 2008

Viewed - 2008

32                          Derby’s

(10 SAJC,  8 WATC,  5 VRC,  5 AJC,  3 QTC,  1 TRC)

1958 - 2009

`Dayana` - winner of  four Derby's in 1972

23 Oaks

(8 VRC,  7 AJC,  6 SAJC,  1 QTC,  1 WATC)

1964 - 2001

`Magical Miss` - VRC Oaks winner 2001

7 Caulfield Cups

1966, 1969, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1991, 2009

`Ming Dynasty` - dual winner 1977 & 1980

3 Cox Plates

 

      `Taj Rossi` - 1973                                      `Saintly` - 1996                                         `Dane Ripper' - 1997

4 Golden Slippers

1966, 1973, 1976, 1979

`Tontonan` - 5 times Group 1 winner, including 1973 Golden Slipper

5        Doncaster Handicaps

1974, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1998

`Catalan Opening` - 1998

13 Australian Cups

1968, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2008

`Sirmione` - 2008

10 Mackinnon Stakes

1959,  1970,  1974,  1976,  1980,  1981,  1984,  1991,  1999,  2007

`Bounty Hawk` - 1984

8                  Newmarket Handicaps

1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1990, 1991

5 Caulfield Guineas

1966, 1974, 1996, 2005, 2006

 
'God's Own' - 2005
5 Thousand                          Guineas

1963, 1989, 1991, 1996, 2001

16 Sires Produce Stakes

(AJC x 2, QTC x 1, SAJC x 8, VRC x 5)  

1966-1993

7 Lightning Stakes

1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1991

5 Flight Stakes

1974, 1976, 1977, 1994, 1996

4 Champion Stakes

1974, 1981, 1987, 1989

4 Stradbroke Handicaps

1988, 1989, 1993, 1997

16 St Legers

(SAJC x 8, AJC x 1, VRC x 7)

1965-2005


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« 2009-Oct-17, 05:43 PM Reply #17 »
It is a pleasure to have people such as Bart involved with racing.




Couldn't agree with you more TCE. He's a Gentleman to boot.

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« 2009-Oct-17, 06:16 PM Reply #18 »
Agreed Clibbo.   emthup

He just re writes it all.

If I heard right this arvo Viewed has now won the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and Caulfield Cups.   :wtf:   He's won the Melb Cup, then come back and won the Caulfield. How often do they do that, they don't.

The man's amazing. I just wish it could go on for another 20 yrs.

Not that it takes anything away  :shy: but Viewed hasn't won (or even raced in) a Sydney Cup, still an amazing effort with a horse many thought was a Sydney welter horse and a wet tracker to boot.

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« 2009-Oct-17, 07:24 PM Reply #19 »
Just a stunning effort by Bart (again).  Forget about the number of Spring Cup WINS for a second.  What about the QUINELLAS.  And it's not as though he has 8 runners in these races.  By any measuring stick: a record Australian racing will never see again.

A couple of "good judges" commented to me today, "I thought Viewed would be having a run, to stop any penalty for the Melb Cup."    :lol:

Viewed's win in the Brisbane Cup was the easiest win I've seen in a major.  He beat a 2nd-rater in the shape of Fulmonte, but I think it was Oliver who was swinging on Viewed for the length of the straight.  emthup

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« 2009-Oct-17, 10:13 PM Reply #20 »


A couple of "good judges" commented to me today, "I thought Viewed would be having a run, to stop any penalty for the Melb Cup."     :lol:  

Viewed's win in the Brisbane Cup was the easiest win I've seen in a major.  He beat a 2nd-rater in the shape of Fulmonte, but I think it was Oliver who was swinging on Viewed for the length of the straight.   emthup  


I said the same to my dad before the race and told him I thought Roman Emperor could be Bart's one to pop up this year. Going by the post race interview where Bart was lementing as a losing owner he thought the same.   :lol:

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« 2009-Oct-17, 10:37 PM Reply #21 »
At the top of his profession for so many years, when will he slow down  :no1:

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« 2009-Oct-19, 11:16 AM Reply #23 »
  emthup

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« 2009-Oct-19, 11:20 AM Reply #24 »
Patrick Smith writes some good articles imo.


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