Ev­ery­thing’s cool in the Cum­mings clan

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

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