Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bart Back at His Track

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bart Back at His Track

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THE front page headlines about the health concerns of an 82-year-old horse trainer are testament to the high regard in which Bart Cummings is held.

A lifetime asthma sufferer, Cummings has been battling to overcome a respiratory condition for the past six months. Just when he was getting on top of it, he fell over and fractured his pelvis and ended up in hospital again.

He recovered from that incident in quick time, vowing to be on hand to watch his horses race in Melbourne during the spring carnival. The weather has conspired against him and he has had to issue all the instructions for his team, which includes the country's best horse So You Think, from a hospital bed.

But after being released yesterday, he says he will be at Flemington for the 150th Melbourne Cup, the race for which he is famous to all Australians having won it a remarkable 12 times.

But there is more to Cummings than 12 Melbourne Cups. He has won another 252 Group One races with the late TJ Smith the only trainer to better that. …

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