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Legendary racehorse trainer Bart Cummings will be farewelled with a state funeral in Sydney on Monday.

People from all walks of life are set to gather at St Mary’s Cathedral to farewell Cummings, who died aged 87 on August 30.

It comes after a week of tributes, including many racegoers paying homage to him at Randwick on Saturday.

One of Australia’s most successful racehorse trainers, Cummings won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, and garnered another 256 Group One trophies, a number bettered only by the late TJ Smith.

The son of a Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Jim Cummings, Bart spent his life around horses, beginning his career in South Australia before moving to Melbourne and then Sydney.

Although he had five children, only one, Anthony, followed him into racing and has become a leading trainer in his own right and his sons James and Edward are continuing the tradition.

James was his grandfather’s training partner when Cummings stepped away from the day-to-day stable life in his later years, while Edward is the foreman for their father.

 
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