Australian Horse Racing



The Edge

We all want to be competitive in everything we do. And no more so that with punting on horse racing.

Success in punting on horses, in fact most things reduces down to an information war - the people with the best information make the smart moves.

Books have been and still are the best source of general information, and this applies at least as much in the art of racehorse selection and staking as in any other field.

Author Paul Segar has produced textbooks which cover all aspects of punting. The books alone stand as a complete reference but also provide 'food for thought'. You can develop / improve your own ideas as well as learn some new techniques.

Each book is written in plain English with plenty of practical examples in each chapter. Browse the contents of each book or email for further information, if required.

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The Pureform Introduction Course uses a computer program to show you how and when to bet and how to do it successfully. Check out the details


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Ode to Bart Cummings

James Bartholomew Cummings died on August 30, 2015.

It is the end of an era in Australian horse racing that will never be forgotten. The Cups King as he was known for his successes and quinellas in the Melbourne Cup will long live on in Australian horse racing history and folklore.

Bart Cummings’ father was a Melbourne Cup winning trainer (Comic Court 1950) and according to the history, Bart Cummings had his first Melbourne Cup runner in 1958 with that first victory some fifty years ago (Light Fingers 1965). Horse racing then was a mixture of local and New Zealand bred horses vying for the coveted trophy and prestige of the main event. Cummings won many more Cups over the next few decades with three 1960’s winners, 4 in the 1980’s and 1990’s. His last victory in the Melbourne Cup was with Viewed in 2008 with lately only one old stager Precedence heading the team.

It is hard to believe that someone has been synonymous with a sport for so long to the point that his name for almost every Australian is a household term associated with a race, the race that still stops a nation. Bart Cummings’ dry wit and laconic style when interviewed was always a pleasure to watch.

The Cummings family are trainers. His father was a trainer, his son is a trainer and his grandson is a trainer. Bart Cummings’ legend will live on through his progeny and the memories of the race horse fraternity and others that long remember a champion.


Bart and Roy studying the form

Bart Cummings with Roy Higgins



J. Bart Cummings Melbourne Cup Roll Call

12 of the best
Light Fingers (1965)
Galilee (1966)
Red Handed (1967)
Think Big (1974)
Think Big (1975)
Gold and Black (1977)
Hyperno (1979)
Kingston Rule (1990)
Let's Elope (1991)
Saintly (1996)
Rogan Josh (1999)
Viewed (2008)



Ode to Bart Cummings

(as sung to the music of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)

Cummings won a Melbourne Cup
Hoorah, Hoorah
Cummings won another Cup
Hoorah, Hoorah
The Master Trainer who won a dozen
There is no other to surpass his thunder
He’s the greatest of the great for sure and sure
The legend’ry mighty man.

Vale Bart Cummings aged 87.

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