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.
Since then, James has trained seven G1 winners including the quinella in the 2019 G1 Golden Slipper, the world’s richest juvenile race.
As of May 19, 2019 James has won 54 individual Black Type races for Godolphin.