Thousands Expected at St Mary's Cathedral for State Funeral for Bart Cummings

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
4 Sep 2015

Bart Cummings 1927-2015

The man often referred to as the Giant of the Turf or the Cup King, Bart Cummings, will be farewelled at a State Funeral at St Mary's Cathedral on Monday morning.

His family will be joined by many friends and associates from around Australia and overseas. They will all come together to pay their respects to not only a great and successful horse trainer but a man who loved nothing more than to be surrounded by his family and a man of faith.

The main celebrant for the Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be the Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP. Also attending will be the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove; NSW Governor David Hurley and Mrs Hurley; NSW Premier Mike Baird and Mrs Baird and the Hon Sussan Ley representing the Prime Minister.

James Bartholomew "Bart" Cummings OAM, 87 years old, died peacefully last Sunday morning at Princes Farm, his home and  stables at North Richmond.  His wife Valmae of 61 years, children and grandchildren were by his side.

The legendary trainer won 12 Melbourne Cups, not to mention Derbys, Oaks, Caulfield Cups, Golden Slippers, Doncasters and Cox Plates. His record is extraordinary.

On Monday his tenth Melbourne Cup which he won with Saintly in 1996 will be carried into the Cathedral by his family and placed beside a portrait of Cummings for the funeral mass.

Tributes have been pouring in from fellow trainers and people associated with the racing industry right  around Australia and also overseas.

The funeral will follow a special tribute to Bart Cummings at Royal Randwick on Saturday where the Australian Turf Club has arranged for the retired Saintly to be at the racecourse.

A family of horse racing trainers - grandson James, son Anthony and Bart Cummings

Saintly will be paraded on the course ahead of a minute's silence around 1.25pm for Bart, and prior to the race named in his honour tomorrow, the JB Cummings AM Tribute Ming Dynasty Quality.
Darren Beadman, the jockey who rode Saintly to his greatest successes for Cummings will also be at Royal Randwick, along with many members of Bart's family.

With a lifetime interest in horseracing it is not surprising Bart's son Anthony is also a successful trainer, along with his son James who joined his grandfather's business.

The family is happy for anyone who may have known, worked with or "is just an average punter" to come to St Mary's Cathedral to  farewell  one of the greats of the racing industry - a Racing Hall of Famer who remained humble to the last. For those who may gather outside a large screen near the main entrance will carry live pictures of the funeral service.

Assisted by the St Mary's Cathedral interior audio visual service the ABC and Channel Seven will also have live coverage with channels 9,  10 and Skynews also have live coverage before and during the morning.

The funeral mass begins at 10am on Monday 7 September. It will also be streamed live here on the Archdiocese of Sydney website