Cummings feud comes to an end

Written By Unknown on Senin, 09 Desember 2013 | 23.41

Bart Cummings has something to smile about again. Source: News Limited

RACING'S living legend Bart Cummings and his grandson James have resolved their differences and will continue as training partners.

It is understood the pair have reached an agreement to maintain their training business out of Royal Randwick after reports they were set to dissolve their union at the end of this month.

When contacted by The Daily Telegraph on Monday night, 26-year-old James Cummings was reluctant to make comment but did make this telling remark: "I will say this - it is business as usual," James said.

Legal representative Jack Fisher, representing the family, spoke exclusively to The Daily Telegraph on Monday night and confirmed the training partnership between Bart and James remains in place.

"I've been Bart's power attorney, advisor and friend for many years and I can tell you, in Bart's words the Cummings dynasty is a united family and I'm happy to say all is well now," Fisher said.

Bart Cummings with grandson and business partner James. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Limited

"Quite frankly, this did get a little out of hand and that happens when some people not authorised to speak, do say things to the media.

"There had to be a few amendments, a restructuring of the business, but the issues have been overcome and the training partnership continues."

Fisher said James is the director of the business while Bart has the "right to, wants to, and is relied upon to be the advisor of all thing with the horses."

"Bart is as happy as larry now, he knows what is going on," Fisher continued.

"He is 86 and obviously can't train with the intensity of a young man but he is on the phone to James all the time talking about the horses.

"James will travel out to Princes Farm at least once a week to discuss with Bart what is happening with their horses and the training programs."

It is understood the resignation of long-time Randwick stable employee Bill Charles has been accepted.

Three generations of the Cummings clan, Bart, Anthony and James, will train from the one stable block at Flemington with Melbourne stable foreman Reg Fleming continuing in that role.

James Cummings with race horse Eurozone at Leilani Lodge stables in Randwick. Source: News Limited

Amid much publicity and promise, Bart and James formed a training partnership on August 1 and their union has had immediate success.

Team Cummings had prepared 14 winners of more than $1.2 million prizemoney in just over four months, including stakes wins with Precedence (Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and Eurozone (The Rosebud, Stan Fox Stakes).

Reports of a split between the pair shocked the racing world last week.

Bart Cummings even outlined plans to train at the Hawkesbury, which is close to his Princes Farm property at Castlereagh in Sydney's far western suburbs.

The "Cups King" even made application to Racing NSW late last week to dissolve the training partnership in preparation for a move to Hawkesbury.

As of close of business Monday night, Racing NSW had not received any notification from Bart Cummings that he had a change of heart.

"Until we receive something official from the Cummings stable, I cannot make any comment on this matter," Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said on Monday night.

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