Saintly will be remembered for winning the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in the one year, his brilliant acceleration and long stride, and his great duels with his 3yo rival Octagonal.

He was bred, trained and owned by Bart Cummings, who sold a part share to his good friend Dato Chin Nan. He was ridden by Darren Beadman in all his Group 1 wins, and throughout his 4yo career. Larry Cassidy and Patrick Payne rode him during some of his 3yo races.

Saintly’s 4 Group 1 wins included the Australian Cup, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup and CF Orr Stakes.

Saintly travelled to Japan for the Japan Cup, but the 24 hour trip resulted in severe travel sickness and he was withdrawn on the eve of the race.

Saintly returned in the Orr Stakes, and came from well back on the home turn to defeat Cut Up Rough. Bart Cummings declared Saintly hadn’t yet reached his peak as a racehorse, but he broke down without racing again. Over the next 18 months, Cummings made several attempts to get Saintly back to the track, but without success. Saintly, “The Horse from Heaven”, was retired on Sunday 19 July 1998.

Saintly was named Australia’s champion racehorse in 1997.

Saintly did reside at Living Legends — the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses. As of February 2007, Saintly has returned home to Bart Cummings’ Princes Farm in New South Wales.

Saintly at Living Legends

Saintly at Living Legends



Date of Birth: 21/09/1992 in Australia

Sex: Gelding     Colour: Chestnut

Sire: Sky Chase (NZ)     Dam: All Grace (NZ)
Grand Sire: Sir Tristram (IRE)

Trainer: Bart Cummings (Cranbourne)

Breeder: Bart Cummings

Owners: J B Cummings, Dato Tan Chin Nam, Dr C P Lim, E H K Hong, T Tan

Colours: Black, White Check, Yellow Sleeves, Black and White Checked Cap


Career Record

Saintly winning the Melbourne Cup 1996

Saintly winning the Melbourne Cup 1996

Prize Money: $3,852,765
Starts: 23       Wins: 10       2nds: 8       3rds: 3

Major Wins:

  • Australia Cup (1996)
  • Cox Plate (1996)
  • Melbourne Cup (1996)
  • C F Orr Stakes (1997)


Date Venue Track Distance Race
08/02/1997 CAUL Good 1400 C F ORR
05/11/1996 FLEM Good 3200 MELB CUP
26/10/1996 M V Good 2040 COX PLATE
21/09/1996 RHIL Good 1900 HILLSTAKES
11/03/1996 FLEM Fast 2000 AUST CUP
10/02/1996 RAND Good 1200 EXPRESSWAY
04/11/1995 FLEM Good 1600 CBINE CLUB
21/10/1995 RAND Slow 1400 3YOC&G CL6
23/09/1995 NCLE Good 1200 CLASS 1
19/04/1995 RAND Good 1200 2YOC&G HCP

Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1997)



Video: Saintly — A tribute to a champion

Video: Saintly — Melbourne Cup 1996

Video: Saintly — Cox Plate 1996