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Cummings Training Partnership In Jeopardy

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Red Belly Sports

The high-profile training partnership between turf icon Bart Cummings and grandson James appears set to end.

 

The training partnership, which only began in August, is likely to end on December 31, with Bart planning to train on his own at Hawkesbury.

 

It’s unclear what triggered the split between the pair, but 86-year-old Bart appears intent on going it alone.

 

“I’m looking forward to it, nice track at Hawkesbury,” Bart told News Corp Australia.

 

“We are not allowed to operate as a partnership at Hawkesbury so I’ll go there on my own, it’s no big deal.

 

“James is independent and knows what he is doing.

 

“Let’s just say negotiations are continuing as to what happens with the horses.”

 

Veteran stayer Precedence and classy mare Norzita are the stable’s stars, and it would appear likely Bart would continue to train the pair, as they are owned by his long

time backer Dato Tan Chin Nam.

 

James Cummings remains hopeful of resolving the issues with his grandfather.

 

“I wish to make it clear that this issue is a family matter that can be resolved,” the 26-year-old said in a statement.

 

“As of now, the Bart and James Cummings training partnership is intact and we have an obligation to maintain our professional service to the loyal clients that support us.

 

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with my grandfather and I sincerely trust that we can resolve the issues and continue to work together in the future.”

 

It’s unclear whether a formal application has been made with Racing NSW to dissolve the partnership.