Randwick no place for pope, opines Cup winner Cummings
Racing legend Bart Cummings, a Catholic, says that Randwick racecourse is not the place for the pope but the real problem in the conflict over the World Youth Day venue is not the Church but the state government.
Fox Sports reports that while Cummings said he would leave the talking and negotiations to the Randwick trainers' committee headed by his son, Anthony Cummings, he believed that the trainers' argument was not with the Pope but the NSW Government.
"The Pope's alright in his place, but Randwick isn't his place," said Cummings, a Catholic church regular.
"The government put the Pope there so our worry is the Government. And not just having the Pope there. It's what's going to happen after the Pope's gone that's also of concern.
"I hear that they (government) want to put an all-weather track down. None of them work. The only good all-weather (track) is the type they have at Moonee Valley, in Hong Kong and a few other places."
Cummings said he was not nearly as badly placed as other Randwick trainers when it comes to moving his horses away for the 10-week shutdown of the track from July next year.
"I have 33 private boxes at Flemington and room for around 50 at my agistment property. Fortunately, I am not short of boxes," he said.
"So I'm confidently looking forward to the future and also to the visit by the Pope."
Cummings is also looking forward to the spring and specifically towards winning his 12th Melbourne Cup, Fox Sports says.
Meanwhile, Anthony Cummings represented his colleagues as president of the Randwick Trainers' Association at a scheduled working party meeting yesterday between the trainers, Australian Jockey Club and the World Youth Day Authority, which is responsible for the papal visit.
The RTA is also awaiting a report commissioned on the legal position of Randwick and the AJC's possible breach of its charter to stage events at Randwick at the exclusion of the trainers.
While Cummings continues to make a case for the papal visit to be staged elsewhere, as well as seeking compensation, he admits that Randwick will almost certainly be the venue.
"We don't want the event at Randwick, but I'd have to say it is odds-on it will go ahead there," Anthony Cummings said.
"Then again, as we all know, favourites do get beaten."
WYD Cross heads west
In another story, the Blacktown Sun reports that the World Youth Day Cross will arrive in Blacktown this Sunday as part of its journey for the special day in July 2008.
A World Youth Day spokesperson said the cross would be carried to the St Patrick's Church, Allawah Street, for a special Mass by the Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Kevin Manning at 5.30pm.
Blessus omen for trainers (Fox Sports, 9/7/07)
World Youth Day Cross Comes to Blacktown (Blacktown Sun, 9/7/07)
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Trainers still jumpy about WYD (CathNews, 26/6/07)
Guy's WYD song to welcome cross and icon (CathNews, 25/6/07)
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Sydney airport can't handle all WYD visitors, Pell says (CathNews, 2/5/07)
Thousands already on way to WYD (CathNews, 30/4/07)
Trainers seek $12 million compo over Benedict's WYD visit (CathNews, 23/4/07)
Telstra chief signs on for WYD (CathNews, 20/4/07)
Tsunami town welcomes WYD cross (CathNews, 19/4/07)
WYD Cross to visit tsunami-hit Gizo (CathNews, 5/4/07)
WYD Cross at N Korea border (CathNews, 1/3/07)
Race industry fears over WYD "chaos" (CathNews, 19/3/07)
Canberra parish launches live-in WYD community (CathNews, 6/3/07)
Free tourist visas for WYD participants (CathNews, 5/3/07)
500,000 crosses for WYD (CathNews, 2/3/07)
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10 Jul 2007