Italian-born Luca Cumani, the son of a champion trainer on the one hand and a champion amateur jockey on the other, has horses coursing through his blood.
No surprise, therefore, that he identified Newmarket as the place to be in his early twenties and headed for England with a suitcase and bagfuls of ambition.
40 years on and he’s still there. He found himself the best of mentors – Henry Cecil – and has since gained his own reputation as a mentor to others, among them another much-loved ‘Italian-Anglo’, Frankie Dettori.
Cumani has trained seven Classic winners, including Derby victors Kahyasi in 1988 and High-Rise 10 years later. He has also travelled across the world to claim major wins, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the Arlington Million. His most recent Group 1 victory was the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan on Dubai World Cup Night in 2011 with Presvis.
In 2014 he saddled Volume to finish third in the Investec Oaks and in twelve months later he repeated the feat courtesy of Lady Of Dubai.
In July 2015, Cumani gained a first Group 1 success in Britain since Starcraft’s success in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as Postponed fought back to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by a nose. He was dealt a blow, though, when that horse was switched to Roger Varian later in the year.
He also went close to a second British Champions Series success as Mizzou finished second in the Group 2 Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York in August.
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