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Luca M. Cumani (born 7 April 1949, in Milan, Italy)[ citation needed ] is an Italian thoroughbred horse trainer and breeder. He trained at Bedford House Stables in Newmarket from 1976-2019. He has trained a multitude of high-profile horses, including seven Classic race winners, two Epsom Derby winners in Kahyasi (1988) and High-Rise (1998), as well as a Breeders' Cup Mile winner in Barathea (1994).


Early life and family

As the son of champion amateur jockey Elena and champion trainer Sergio Cumani, horseracing has always been in his blood. He followed in their footsteps, emulating first his mother and then his father.

Cumani is the father of Francesca Cumani who is the co-presenter of ITV's racing coverage in the UK. [1]


Realising that Newmarket is the centre of the racing world, Luca moved to England in his early twenties to work for ten-time champion trainer Henry Cecil.

It was not long before he started up his own training establishment at Bedford House. Within ten years he had 12 Group 1 winners in five countries and the tally has now risen to 55 until the present day. Not content with claiming the majority of the big domestic races, he has ventured far and wide with globetrotting champions such as Falbrav and Alkaased to win Group 1 races in Hong Kong and Japan, respectively.

Cumani has also earned a reputation as a mentor to jockeys and assistant trainers. Frankie Dettori, Jimmy Fortune, Jason Weaver, Royston Ffrench and Nicky Mackay are all previous Champion Apprentices who learnt their trade under his tutelage. Leading rider Kieren Fallon was formerly employed by Cumani, as was rider Kirsty Milczarek. Christophe Clement, James Toller, Jonathan Portman, Chris Wall, John Berry, David Simcock and Marco Botti are the best known current trainers that spent a portion of their formative years as assistant trainer to Cumani.

Since 1984 Cumani and his wife Sara have owned and managed the Fittocks Stud at Upend, producing many good horses including Milan, Magical Romance, Chicquita and Alexandrova. [2] [3]

In October 2018 Cumani announced that he would retire from training at the end of the year. [4]

Major wins

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  1. Archer, Bruce (14 March 2018). "Francesca Cumani: Who is ITV horse racing pundit at Cheltenham?". Daily Express.
  2. Muscat, Julian (22 October 2018). "Legendary trainer Luca Cumani to end illustrious career after 43 years". Racing Post .
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  4. "Trainer Luca Cumani to retire in December after 43 years at Newmarket". BBC. 22 October 2018.