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Cummings recovering well from respiratory problem.

TRAINING legend Bart Cummings was yesterday recovering well after again being hospitalised with a respiratory ailment, writes Caryl Williamson.

The master trainer was due home and his son Anthony said there was no cause for alarm.

"Given his history they didn't want to take any risks," Cummings said. "I saw him in hospital, he was fine and cracking jokes."

A lifetime asthmatic, 83-year-old Cummings spent some weeks in hospital in the autumn of 2010 with pneumonia.

Not long after he recovered, Cummings broke his pelvis in a fall and was again confined for some weeks.

He was up and about in time to watch So You Think win his second Cox Plate in October, but just days later was hospitalised with a recurrence of the respiratory problems.

A frail-looking Cummings made it out to watch So You Think run third in the Melbourne Cup - the last race he ran under the trainer's name having been sold days earlier to Coolmore.

Cummings has won 264 Group 1 races, including 12 Melbourne Cups.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 7, 2011
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