Luca Cumani's final runner Swansdown loses at Wolverhampton

Luca Cumani
Cumani is one of the longest-serving trainers in the country

Veteran trainer Luca Cumani ended his training career on a losing note when his final runner Swansdown finished second in a nursery handicap on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.

The inexperienced filly, who went off as 6-5 favourite under Oisin Murphy, was never able to make a real impact.

She finished well but it was not enough to get past the winner Fitwood Star.

"It's a shame we didn't manage to go out on a winner," said Cumani, 69, afterwards.

"But it was only a little race and the important thing is that we managed to have a Group One winner in our final year.

"This filly finished well. She is bred to appreciate further and I'm sure she'll step up to a mile and a half next year."

Last month, the Italian announced his intention to end his 43-year career.

His big-race successes included two Derby wins with Kahyasi in 1988 and High-Rise 10 years later.

He won the 1984 St Leger with Commanche Run and in 2003 trained Falbrav to four Group One race wins.

The last of his 45 Group One victories came when God Given won the Premio Lydia Tesio Sisal Matchpoint at Campannelle in Italy earlier this month.

With Bedford House due to be sold early next year, Cumani and his wife Sara will move across Newmarket to live and work at Fittocks Stud.

Asked if it could take him a while to adjust, Cumani said: "It might do, but I'm lucky that I've got another job to go to and something else to focus on.

"We're going to Australia in January, so we'll move after that."

Wins by a neck

Meanwhile, there was a coincidence in the winner of note at Newcastle on Thursday, when Trautmann claimed division two of the Betway Casino Handicap - by a neck.

The horse is named after former Germany keeper Bert Trautmann, who helped Manchester City win the FA Cup in 1956, playing the final 17 minutes of the game with a broken neck.

Trained by Rebecca Menzies, the 9-2 shot was driven home from Visitant in the hands of Ali Rawlinson.

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