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Cummings Blasts Racing NSW

Friday, 10th March 2006

Also attracting headlines, a "verbal blast from Anthony Cummings & follow-ups from 2 other Sydney trainers have averted another Racing NSW programming debacle," thundered today's The Sydney Morning Herald. Earlier this week Cummings "was livid to find" a 1600m race at Randwick on Saturday week (March 18) was restricted to mares, exploding: "It was absurd. There was no mile handicap for open company horses between the issue of weights for the Doncaster & the race itself. I was going to have to send a horse like Lord Of The Land to Melbourne for the Blamey Stakes at Flemington." In the February & March issues of the Racing NSW calendar, the 1600m race was listed as a quality handicap, but the Melbourne-based Racing Services Bureau's trainers' assistance site had it down as a mares' race; Cummings was "doing my nominations early & it refused Lord Of The Land. It said the horse was not eligible for the race." A "fired-up Cummings" spoke to a Racing NSW official on Tuesday about the anomaly & was told "it was bad luck! Can you believe it? I'm trying to work out a program for a $2 million race like the Doncaster & they said bad luck. I let them know what I thought & a couple of other trainers did too." On Wednesday evening "the race was officially declared a quality handicap open to all-comers, but the Racing NSW website's program diary still had it restricted to mares."

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