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James Cummings

James Cummings


Warwick Farm



Crown Lodge and Osborne Park



James Cummings was appointed as Godolphin’s head trainer in Australia in May 2017, after almost a decade at the Sydney-based Leilani Lodge, Randwick, where he worked alongside his grandfather Bart Cummings before taking over the reins. James Cummings is a fourth-generation racehorse trainer, following in the footsteps of great-grandfather Jim, grandfather Bart and father Anthony. He began working as a stable hand for his father when he was just 13 and his love affair with racing grew from there. In 2009, he became foreman at Leilani Lodge under the tutelage of his grandfather and was granted his New South Wales Metropolitan Trainer’s license in 2013, entering into a training partnership with his grandfather. James continued to train at Leilani Lodge after Bart’s death, carrying on the extraordinary legacy of one of racing’s greatest ambassadors. He made the perfect start as Godolphin Australia’s head trainer, with his very first runner in the royal blue silks coming home a winner. He was responsible for his first G1 winner just three months later, when Alizee took the Flight Stakes at Royal Randwick in September 2017.



Alizee – 2017 Flight Stakes, 2018 Queen of the Turf & 2019 Futurity

Hartnell – 2018 CF Orr & 2018 Epsom Handicap

Kementari – 2018 Randwick Guineas

Impending – 2018 Kingsford Smith Cup

Best of Days – 2018 Cantala

Kiamichi – 2019 Golden Slipper

Avilius – 2019 Ranvet, 2019 Tancred & 2019 George Main Stakes

Microphone – 2019 ATC Sires Produce

Trekking – 2019 Stradbroke Handicap & 2020 Goodwood

Bivouac – 2019 Golden Rose, 2020 Newmarket & 2020 VRC Sprint Classic

Flit – 2019 Thousand Guineas

Colette – 2020 ATC Australian Oaks & 2020 Golden Eagle

Savatiano – 2021 Canterbury Stakes

Cascadian – 2021 Doncaster Mile

Anamoe – 2021 ATC Sires Produce