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aboutpageLUCA Cumani is one of British racing’s leading trainers, having enjoyed top-class success all over the world. Cumani has successfully overseen the careers of many great racehorses, achieving multiple Classic triumphs at home and abroad.Born and raised in Italy, racing was in his blood as the son of champion amateur jockey Elena and champion trainer Sergio Cumani. He followed in both of their footsteps emulating first his mother and then his father. He was drawn to England in the mid-1970’s obtaining the position of assistant trainer to Henry Cecil.

Here Luca began a tie with Newmarket that exists to this day. He acquired the historic Bedford House Stables in 1976 in his own name and a ceaseless supply of winners has been the result.

There have been a string of high points over the years. Cumani has twice won racing’s most prestigious race – the Derby at Epsom – with Kahyasi victorious in 1988 and High Rise a decade later. Commanche Run had earlier given Cumani a St Leger win, while among other Classic stars to have resided in the yard have been Barathea, Ensconse, Zomaradah and Gossamer.

There are too many big-race successes to list but notably the Cumani team have tasted global success with brilliant performers such as Falbrav (Hong Kong Cup, Prix D’Ispahan, The Eclipse, The Queen Elizabeth II, Juddmonte International), Starcraft (Prix du Moulin, Queen Elizabeth II) and Alkaased (Japan Cup, Grand Prix de Saint Cloud). The Breeders’ Cup has not gone uncharted, either, with Barathea (Irish 1,000 Guineas, Queen Anne) proving an outstanding winner of the Mile in 1994.

Cumani has registered important victories at all British racing’s major festivals with the tally of Royal Ascot triumphs now in double figures. Glorious Goodwood and York’s Ebor meeting have proved even better hunting grounds for him. The training operation of Luca and his wife Sara continues to be one of the most respected in European racing – and is likely to remain so for many seasons to come.

Stable Stars

LUCA CUMANI has been responsible for training a host of Group winners - including many top-class stars - in his distinguished career. In the past two decades and the current one he has enjoyed Classic glory as well as saddling other Group 1 stars. Below are some of the Cumani-trained big guns whose achievements have assured them a place in racing's history books - and Bedford House folklore. The edited text accompanying each picture comes from the excellent Timeform ‘Racehorses' annuals.

Racehorse of 2005

Starcraft – 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Prix du Moulin winner
The tough and consistent Starcraft was versatile concerning both distance (effective at a mile to a mile and a half and going (acted on soft and good to firm), something which, coupled with his physique and ability should ensure him every opportunity to leave his imprint at stud.

Racehorse of 2005

Alkaased – 2005 Japan Cup, Grand Prix de St Cloud winner
Alkaased turned out to be a rare bargain, developing into a high-class performer and winning five more races, including two Group 1s , worth well over £1.5m. Alkaased (was) the first British-trained winner of the Japan Cup since 1997 and he was successful in a course-record time.

Racehorse of 2003

Falbrav – 2003 Eclipse, Juddmonte, Queen Elizabeth II, Prix D’Ispahan, Hong Kong Cup winner
Falbrav's achievements in the latest season were a revelation, reflecting tremendous credit on those who worked with him, particularly trainer Luca Cumani.

Racehorse of 2002

Gossamer – 2002 Irish 1000 Guineas winner
She ran out a clear-cut winner of the Irish One Thousand Guineas. Travelling strongly under restraint, Gossamer sprinted clear over a furlong out for a comfortable success by four-and-a-half lengths.

Racehorse of 1998

High Rise – 1998 Derby winner
High-Rise's annual rating put him at the top of the year's European middle-distance three-year-olds ahead of Sagamix, Royal Anthem, Dream Well and Tiger Hill." - Timeform Racehorses of 1998.

Racehorse of 1998

One So Wonderful – 1998 Juddmonte International Stakes winner
"One So Wonderful was a thoroughly genuine racemare. She stayed a mile-and-a-quarter and was not beholden to the state of the going." - Timeform Racehorses of 1998.

Racehorse of 1994

Barathea – 1994 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner
It took a long time in 1994 before the waters cleared to reveal the European champion miler. Right up until the division's last important race…and that was in the United States. It was a great win to end a fine career and a timely one as far as the Cartier and Racegoers Club awards were concerned as Barathea was declared Horse Of The Year in both.

Racehorse of 1988

Kahyasi – 1988 English and Irish Derby winner
Most of the horses trained at Bedford House are campaigned lightly, or not at all, as two-year-olds and patience has had its reward with some remarkable results as Cumani's career has burgeoned. Kahyasi…provided another example of Cumani's ability to improve a three-year-old rapidly.