The grandson of Bart “Cups King” Cummings was always destined to continue the family tradition and follow his famous grandfather into the racing industry.
James learned his craft under the tutelage of Bart and officially gained his training licence in 2013, with the pair operating in partnership until his grandfather’s passing in 2015.
Cummings moved away from the family business in 2017 to join Godolphin, the global powerhouse owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was handpicked as Godolphin’s Head Trainer in Australia, operating stables in both Sydney and Melbourne, and having found his feet he is now producing winners at an impressive rate in both states.
It took three months for Cummings to register his first Group 1 win, as Alizee claimed the Flight Stakes at Royal Randwick in September 2017. The most recent of his nine Group 1 wins was when Best of Days – one of three Godolphin All-Star Mile nominees – took out the Kennedy Stakes at Flemington in style during the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival.
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