Remember when ... in 2008
Bart Cummings trained his twelfth Cup victory.
When it comes to the first Tuesday in November, there is one name you can never rule out – Cummings. Especially if the first name is Bart. No individual has had such an influence on Australia's greatest horse race, having trained a total of 12 Melbourne Cup winners as well as part-owning and breeding Saintly who won in 1996. So although Viewed finished last (11th beaten 6.75 lengths) in the LKS Mackinnon Stakes (G1) the Saturday before, you would have been a brave assessor to rule out a horse trained by Cummings. Especially in a Melbourne Cup.
Unlike on the Saturday, Viewed was allowed to race on the outside of horses in the Cup and seemed a lot happier in the run. Fighting out the finish, a mere bob of the head separated Viewed and a grey called Bauer, trained by the unlucky Luca Cumani. Cummings, who long ago had etched his name as the Cups’ King, was as sharp as ever when asked what he thought about winning his 12th Melbourne Cup: ‘I hope it’s a baker’s dozen!’, he quipped. The Cup was the first victory for former Victorian jockey Blake Shinn, and the fourth for owner Dato Tan Chin Nam, who also secured Cup victories as part-owner in Think Big (1974-75) and Saintly (1996), both trained by Cummings.