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Retirement not yet an option for double-Derby winning Cumani




Two-time Derby winner Luca Cumani has said retirement is not yet on the cards, despite overseeing his final race as a trainer last week.

The 69-year-old has trained at Bedford House Stables since 1976 – with a Derby-Irish Derby double among his accolades, as well as another Derby success – but last week bowed out on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.

He was unable to wrap up his illustrious 43-year career with victory, as the Newmarket-based trainer had to settle for silver in his final race.

Newmarket Journal - 20th March 2009....Trainer, Luca Cumani (C) with two of his fancied horses, Fantasia (L) and Swap (R).....Pic - Richard Marsham. (5627568)
Newmarket Journal - 20th March 2009....Trainer, Luca Cumani (C) with two of his fancied horses, Fantasia (L) and Swap (R).....Pic - Richard Marsham. (5627568)

But Cumani, whose final day at his yard would be on Saturday, said this did not taint a career he viewed as ‘successful’, as he prepares to turn his focus to breeding horses at Fittocks Stud.

“I’m just changing jobs, I’m not retiring, I’m not ready for that,” Cumani said.

“But I am ready for a break. I will finish here (the yard) on Saturday and then have some time off until the new year.

“I had already decided it was my last year training horses, so there’s isn’t too much emotion.

“I do think it was a successful career but trainers are like farmers, the harvest is never good enough.”

The veteran Italian’s final runner Swansdown finished in second, despite the filly having been sent off as 6-5 market leader in the nursery handicap.

The filly was at the back of the field on her first run in a handicap but jockey Oisin Murphy sparked a late charge from the inexperienced racer.

She chased down the leader Fitwood Star but, ultimately, ran out of time for the win.

Cumani said it was ‘disappointing’ not to walk away on a winner ‘especially as she was the best horse in the field’.

He said: “She should have won really. She finished fast but she was too far back, it’s disappointing.

“So I didn’t enjoy it that much. It would have been much more enjoyable if she had won.

“But, for me, it was not so important a race compared to my final Group 1 in Italy. Winning that was great.”

God Given secured her first Group 1 win at the Premio Lydia Tesio at Capannelle in Rome at the start of November, to see Cumani secure his 50th top-level win.