Everything’s cool in the Cummings clan
ANY rift between James Cummings and his famous grandfather Bart is well and truly buried.
James, on hand to see The Peak ($4) win the Johnstaff Projects Handicap (1410m) at Flemington yesterday, said the dispute which reportedly threatened his training partnership with Bart, was in the past.
‘‘It was a mountain out of a molehill,’’ he said.
He said he would be heading out to his grandfather’s Princes Farm today for an early Christmas lunch.
Cummings, who worked as a foreman for his grandfather before stepping up as a co-trainer in August, was more interested in talking about a new stable set-up at Flemington after the sale of Bart’s famous Saintly Place to developers.
He said moving away was difficult for some people in his stable but you have to plan for the future.
‘‘I’ve got an owner in Sydney with an $800 bill on his desk because he had to float his horses to Flemington every day during Melbourne Cup week,’’ Cummings said.
He said there would be no problems at the new complex on the racecourse and that there was plenty of room to expand.
‘‘We might double the stable — there is plenty of opportunity in this country,’’ he said.