Racehorse trainer Bart Cummings has died, aged 87
LEGENDARY racehorse trainer Bart Cummings has died at the age of 87 surrounded by family at his homestead in north-western Sydney.
His grandson and training partner said Cummings died in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"James Bartholomew Cummings OAM, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 30th of August 2015, in his homestead at Princes Farm, Castlereagh," James Cummings said in a statement.
"His final moments were spent with his family and wife of 61 years, Valmae, with whom he celebrated their anniversary on Friday.
"For Bart, aged 87, this was a fitting end. A husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; a master trainer and a larger than life figure.
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Dad died peacefully in his sleep early this morning, surrounded by his family. He lived a full life.— Anthony J Cummings (@ACummingsracing) August 29, 2015
As a little kid I couldnt tell you the name of the Prime Minister but I knew Bart Cummings could train a horse. R.I.P Bart. #BartCummings— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) August 29, 2015
John Duggan returns on Gold And Black after winning the 1977 Melbourne Cup for trainer Bart Cummings pic.twitter.com/RRcoLxBFz9— Great Racehorses (@greatracehorse) June 9, 2015