Gai Waterhouse still defying the detractors with another remarkable performance   Leave a comment

Gai Waterhouse still defying the detractors with another remarkable performance

Star of the show Gai Waterhouse after winning the Golden Slipper. Picture: Getty Images

Star of the show Gai Waterhouse after winning the Golden Slipper. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

GAI Waterhouse never ceases to amaze. The first lady of racing has been “gone” for a decade now if you listened to her critics.

Yet she continues to flourish. Saturday’s Golden Slipper quinella, her sixth victory in the world’s richest two-year-old race which equalled the record of her illustrious father Tommy Smith, is the latest is a career which stares down all detractors.

In recent years Waterhouse has answered her critics in Victoria, those who claim she had a stranglehold in Sydney but was a minion in Melbourne.

Success doesn’t come by chance as Gai Waterhouse directs her horses at trackwork last wee

Success doesn’t come by chance as Gai Waterhouse directs her horses at trackwork last week. Picture: Mark EvansSource: News Corp Australia

She won the 2010 Caulfield Cup with Descarado and the 2013 Melbourne Cup with Fiorente. Only last week she won the Australian Guineas with Wandjina.

In Sydney, critics said her time was up because of the emergence of Chris Waller and John O’Shea taking over Godolphin.

She lost her long time support of Star Thoroughbreds, which moved to the Waller camp, and that supposedly was to spell the end of Waterhouse’s golden run.

Yet at Rosehill on Saturday she won the $3.5 million Slipper, and added the Group 1 Galaxy with Sweet Idea.

Those wins took her record of Group 1 wins to 130. To put that into perspective, master trainer Lee Freedman claims 124. Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith and John Hawkes are the only other trainers in Australian history to notch more than 100 Group 1 wins.

And she will have more to come, given the calibre of Vancouver, Cosmic Endeavour, Wandjina and co in the yard.

Gai Waterhouse equalled the record of her illustrious father Tommy Smith with six Golden

Gai Waterhouse equalled the record of her illustrious father Tommy Smith with six Golden Slipper winners on Saturday.Source: News Corp Australia

Waterhouse has been the victim of the great Australian pastime of tall poppy syndrome for many years. But she simply continues to defy all.

She fought too hard to gain a trainers’ licence — given her connection to the Waterhouse clan which was unwelcome in racing at the time — and has been a standout female in a previously male-dominated world, to step aside without fanfare.

She became a member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Australian National Trust made her an Australian Treasure.

Her vitality, enthusiasm, promotion of the industry and forthright predictions of her galloper’s abilities always makes her interesting to the punter — and, importantly, the general public.

Gai Waterhouse celebrates with connections of Sweet Idea after she won the Group 1 Galaxy

Gai Waterhouse celebrates with connections of Sweet Idea after she won the Group 1 Galaxy. Picture: Mark EvansSource: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Amazing trainer still defying the detractors

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Posted March 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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