In order to establish the All-Time Australian G1 Champion Trainer, Form Focus utilised numerous reference sources in order to accurately tabulate the G1 winning records of both Tommy Smith and Bart Cummings.
Whether it be biographies, Miller’s Guide, various websites, Racetrack magazines, racing-related sources and/or the ubiquitous Wikipedia, Form Focus collected all it could to determine the correct totals.
The Industry backed Australian Race-Results Annuals and Turf Registers were relied upon as a source of reliable data, then cross-referenced with the National Library Trove Newspapers section.
A comprehensive audit process was then undertaken to identify any possible anomalies or omissions.
Comparing the external numbers/lists to what Form Focus has collated and verified is explained and presented here.
(For a detailed explanation on the Group One criteria adopted by Form Focus, please refer to the FAQ)
Depending on the source, Cummings is attributed 266 G1 winners.
|CRAIGLEE STKS (Makybe Diva)||6||2013|
|BTC CUP (Kingsford-Smith)||3||2006|
|QUEEN OF THE TURF (Coolmore Legacy)||3||2005|
|ASCOT VALE STKS (Coolmore Stud)||2||2006|
|FREEWAY STKS (Manikato)||2||1989|
|WILLIAM REID STKS||2||1987|
|EMPIRE ROSE STKS||1||2004|
|STORM QUEEN STKS (Vinery Stud)||1||1992|
|SWETTENHAM STUD STKS (Sangster)||1||2005|
|WARWICK STKS (Winx)||1||2018|
|WINTER STKS (Tatts Tiara)||1||1997|
These 55 races therefore do not qualify as G1 wins when Cummings won them.
Another (potential) anomaly is the WATC Karrakatta Plate, which Cummings won in 1973 – this race was upgraded to G1 in 1984 but reverted to G2 in 1998. It also fails to qualify as a G1 when Cummings won it.
Further, some sources claim the Merson Cooper Stakes (which Cummings won in 1966) qualifies as a G1 race in that it was replaced by the Blue Diamond Stakes. It has been established that the Blue Diamond was a “created” new race. The Merson Cooper lapsed, subsequently re-instated in Spring.
Depending on the source, Smith is attributed 282, 279 or (in some cases) 278 Group 1 winners.
|WARWICK STKS (Winx)||10||2018|
|QUEEN OF THE TURF (Coolmore Legacy)||2||2005|
|STORM QUEEN STKS (Vinery Stud)||2||1992|
|ASCOT VALE STKS (Coolmore Stud)||1||2006|
|CASTLEMAINE STKS (J J Atkins)||1||1985|
|WILLIAM REID STKS||1||1987|
These 49 races therefore do not qualify as G1 wins when Smith won them.
Another (potential) anomaly is the QTC Sires Produce Stakes, which Smith won 5 times – this race was upgraded to G1 in 1987 but reverted to G2 in 2005. It also fails to qualify as a G1 when Smith won it.
Note: The George Ryder Quality commenced in 1973, the STC re-naming it in place of the STC Railway Quality which had been conducted since 1903. The George Ryder (changed to WFA in 1979) was assigned G1 status upon the adoption of the Group system, therefore the Railway Quality qualifies as the forerunner to the Ryder.
Excellent work, as definitive as it will get, by Malcolm and team at Form Focus. Wins classified as G1 when they were run only - correct! Be good if @RacingAust got behind these endless endeavours so racing records are updated, finally corrected, without question and available! https://t.co/caGZmoinxS— Bruce Clark (@snowyclark) April 24, 2021