LUCA Cumani will bring an end in December to an illustrious training career that has placed him among the finest trainers in Europe for four decades.

Cumani will stand down after 43 years at Bedford House Stables in Newmarket, from where he trained two Derby winners and a spate of stars, largely in the 1980s and 90s.

“Time waits for nobody,” Cumani said on Monday. “I have decided this is a good moment to wind down, although I see it as more of a change of direction for me. From next year I will devote all my energies to running our Fittocks Stud.”

Cumani ruled out the possibility of his son Matt taking over his historic stable, from where Pinza was trained to win the 1953 Derby.

“We will be putting Bedford House on the market at the start of next year,” said Cumani, 69. “I discussed it with Matt but he is training in Australia, which is really the land of opportunity.

Photo: Luca Cumani with son Matt and daughter Francesca at Bedford House.

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