Bart Cummings Dead At 87

30/08/2015 8:19 AM AEST | Updated 28/09/2016 9:53 PM AEST
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Legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings died at home on Sunday morning, surrounded by family and friends.

Cummings, 87, was long-regarded as Australia's greatest ever horse racing trainer. Known as the "Cups Kings," he steered 12 horses to victory in the Melbourne Cup, as well as countless wins in the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and other prestigious races.

Cummings' son, Anthony, shared the news of his father's death early on Sunday.

Cummings was reportedly admitted to hospital in November with a chest infection, and his health was said to have deteriorated since then.

In fitting fashion, Cummings kept marking milestones until the very last. He and his wife Valmae celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Friday, while the his last runner, Sultry Feeling, won at Rosehill Gardens just yesterday.

On social media, the #RIPBart hashtag immediately took off as news broke of his death, as sporting identities, celebrities and the racing industry shared their grief.

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