James Cummings is the new Godolphin trainer
Clinton Payne – 23 May 2017
James Cummings has been officially announced as the new Australian head-trainer of Godolphin’s racing operation.

James Cummings has taken the reins at Godolphin. Photo: Godolphin
Cummings replaces former champion jockey Darren Beadman who has filled the role on an interim basis in recent weeks after John O’Shea left the job earlier this month.

Cummings’ appointment brings together one of Australia’s greatest racing families and one of the world’s most powerful racing and breeding operations.

“It is truly an honour to be asked to join the Godolphin team as the head trainer in Australia and I am very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for the opportunity,” Cummings said

“I am confident in my experience and I definitely have the enthusiasm to build on the incredible success that has already been achieved by Godolphin in Australia.

“I have been very fortunate in my career so far to have learnt my trade from some of the best in the business and I will be forever grateful to the fantastic and loyal owners that have supported me in my career so far, in particular Eduardo Cojuanco Jnr and Dato Tan Chin Nam.”

Cummings takes up his new role from July 8.

Godolphin Australia managing director in Henry Plumptre described Cummings as the “exactly the person Godolphin needed to fill such a pivotal role”.

“James is a great fit for Godolphin and his appointment is an exciting new chapter in the Godolphin story in Australia,” he said.

“In a short space of time James has established himself as one of the most talented trainers in Australia and he has all the attributes to take us in the direction we want to go as a racing team both on and off the track.”

Godolphin has confirmed Beadman will return to his position of assistant trainer once Cummings starts his new role.