Luca Cumani's Final Ever Runner

Luca Cumani's Final Ever Runner

The curtain will come down on Luca Cumani's illustrious training career, when he saddles his final runner at Wolverhampton this evening.

Cumani, 69, confirmed he will hand over his license last month, bringing an end to his 43-years as a professional flat trainer.

The Italian sends Swansdown - a daughter of Dubawi, to the West Midlands, where she will make her handicap debut in the one mile and-one-and-a-half furlongs Nursery Handicap, under Oisin Murphy.

(Credit: Racing Post) Cumani said on Wednesday: "I'm stepping down on December 1 so this will be my final runner.

"It’s difficult to really tell exactly what sort of chance Swansdown has got. It's his first run in a handicap, and it looks an easier race than running those novices he ran in but all we’ve learned about him up until this point is that he’s not good enough to win one of those," he said.

Cumani - who has trained a multitude of high-profile horses, has amassed sky-high success in his career, training 45 Group 1 winners in total, including seven Classic winners; two of which in the English Derby at Epsom (Kahyasi 1988 and High-Rise 1998).

His most recent Group 1 success was a fitting one with God Given, when she won the Premio Lydia Tesio Sisal Matchpoint at Capannelle in his home-country of Italy.

"The win in Italy three weeks ago was a fantastic result, everyone in the yard was very emotional – there were tears all round," Cumani said.

"We won our first Group 1 with Old Country in the 1982 Italian Derby, so to win at Capannelle with God Given means we have created some sort of strange symmetry between those two victories."

Cumani has trained at Bedford House Stables in Newmarket since 1976.

The 69-year-old has also proved his worth on the International Stage in the Breeders Cup, where he won the Mile contest with Barathea in 1994.

There have been so few trainers that have graced the game in the way Cumani has, and the racing world needs more characters like the Italian.