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Cummings and Patinack part company


Major Australian thoroughbred investor Patinack Farm has confirmed a split with leading Sydney trainer Anthony Cummings.

AnthonyCummings "Only horses that are raced in a partnership between us and others will remain in Anthony’s stable," Patinack Farm’s racing manager Rick Connolly told AAP.

Backed by multi-millionaire Nathan Tinkler, Patinack Farm has easily been the biggest spender on bloodstock in Australia and New Zealand over the past 12 months.

Cummings was at the forefront of the buying frenzy and was expected to train more than 100 horses for the Patinack syndicate.

The partnership celebrated its biggest success in September when stallion prospect Raheeb won the Group Three Cameron Handicap at Newcastle.

Cummings announced the end of his whirlwind racing relationship with Tinkler on his website.

He wrote: "The association between Patinack Farm and the Anthony Cummings stable is over.

"While Nathan and I are yet to have a cross word it has become clear following our meeting a week or so ago that the size and nature of the Patinack juggernaut was not going to fit within the confines of our stable.

"I wish Nathan and the Patinack team every success and look forward to getting the best out of my team here at Randwick and the high level of success that has come with that over the past few years."

Connolly said Patinack was still waiting on an Australian Jockey Club decision on the allocation of stables at Warwick Farm in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Patinack has applied for 140 boxes to stable a team to be trained by Jason Coyle.

From a modest base at Newcastle’s Broadmeadow racetrack, Coyle has enjoyed consistent success on the provincial and country circuit with Patinack-owned horses.

Connolly, meantime, said he could not speculate on Patinack’s international plans amid a recent Japanese decision to accept overseas owners.

Patinack was a buyer at this year’s yearling sales in Japan.

"I would rather not comment at this stage on what we are doing overseas," he said.

Overseas owners will be allowed to have horses trained in Japan for the first time within the next 12 months.

The Japan Racing Association has opened the way for a handful of owners such as Sheikh Mohammed to send horses to local trainers or to set up their own stables.

JRA officials believe the number of foreign owners who apply will be minimal but they have reportedly received expressions of interests from Australian breeders or agents.