Gai Waterhouse is known to be Australia’s female racing monarch. She was born a blue blood and bred to be a champion in an elite, internationally known sport. Gai Waterhouse has placed a mark in the Australian racing world, and is known worldwide as a phenomenon. Her incredible track record stuns the nation to say the least and she truly is a testimony and an integral part of the racing industry.
About Gai Waterhouse
After a 15-year apprenticeship with her father, the legendary TJ Smith, and a prolonged battle with officialdom, Gai Waterhouse was granted her licence to train thoroughbreds in January 1992, ultimately taking the reins as Randwick’s leading trainer. In just over a decade at the helm of mighty Tulloch Lodge, she has established a place among the nation’s all-time leading trainers, combining tradition and innovation to reach the pinnacle of her profession. Focus, vision and unflagging energy have enabled Gai Waterhouse to capture 114 Group 1 winners, more than 300 coveted black type trophies, four NSW Premierships, 7 Sydney Trainer’s Premierships and won leading G1 trainer for 08/09 season. Gai Waterhouse's track record extends beyond the racecourse to the sale ring where she’s proven herself to be an astute yearling judge – look no further than dual Group One winner Assertive Lass as well as Victoria Derby winner Nothin’ Leica Dane, four times Group 1 winner Juggler, multiple Group winner Excellerator and 2YO champion racehorse of the year and Triple Crown winner Dance Hero for evidence Gai Waterhouse has “the eye". Astute purchases of tried horses that Gai Waterhouse has dramatically improved include Electronic, Stony Bay, Hula Flight, Coco Cobanna and In Joyment – all Group 1 winners in their first season with Gai Waterhouse.
Highlights and Successes
- Gai Waterhouse was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame on Monday 26th November 2007.
- Recorded 11 group 1 wins in 2004/2005 season setting her all time record
- Equalled her all time best record with 11 Group 1 Wins in the 2006/2007 season
- Licensed AJC trainer January 3, 1992
- Gifted Poet – first winner March 15, 1992 Hawkesbury Superfecta Hcp
- First Group winner – Moods (1992 Gosford Cup Group Three)
- First Group One winner – Te Akau Nick (October 5, 1992 AJC Metropolitan)
- First classic winner – Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995 VRC Victoria Derby)
- Third trainer in history to prepare 100-plus Sydney winners (season 1996-97 104.5 wins)
- 100th black type win – May 1998 with Zabeel filly Zacheline
- Won Sydney trainer’s premiership 1996-97 with 104.5 wins
- Recorded 10 Group One wins in 1996-97 – only the sixth trainer to do so in one season.
- Winning the Gr 1 AJC Doncaster Handicap in 4 successive years – 6 times in 12 years.
- Being the only trainer to quinella the Doncaster and Sydney Cup (both Gr 1) in the same season .
- Winner of the 2001 Golden Slipper trifecta with Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red *Hannigan – a feat never achieved in this race.
- Equalling her father’s record of training 156 metropolitan winners in a season, in 2002-03.
- Training 2004 Champion 2YO of the Year Dance Hero to become the horse to win the Magic Millions and Golden Slipper, as well as the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown.
- Honoured with the VRC and Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association Archer *Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the racing industry
- Presented the Sarah Kennedy Award for Contribution to Racing
- Winner of the Westpac Business Owner Award and named the states top businesswoman as the Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year 2000.
It is an understatement to say that Gai Waterhouse has a very impressive track record. Her winning streak is incredible and has trained some of the most renowned runners today. Focus, vision, energy and a determination to succeed, has enabled Gai Waterhouse to capture: 126 Group 1 Wins, more than 461 coveted black type trophies, 4 NSW Premierships, 7 Sydney Trainer’s Premierships and Gai Waterhouse has also won a premiership title of Australia’s leading G1 Winning Trainer.
Career Total: Starts 12,899 – Wins 2,644 (20.5%) – Placings 3,422 (26.5%) – Prizemoney $177,116,700
- 2yo Success: Career Total: Starts 1,801 – Wins 425 (24%) – Places 508 (28%) – Prizemoney $40,784,030
- Black Type Success: Starts 3,195 – Wins 461 (14%) – Placings 752 (18%)
- Classics – Distance Snapshots 1600m – 3200m Between 1600m – 2000m: Starts 2,355 – Wins 502 (21.3%) – Places 634 (26.9%) Between 2000m – 2400m: Starts 1,394 – Wins 222 (15.9%) Places 373 (26.8%) At 3200m: Starts 47 – Wins 6 (13%) – Places 6 (13%)
Based at the epicentre of Australian racing at Sydney’s Randwick racetrack, the training facilities at Tulloch Lodge are second-to-none. Gai Waterhouse has acquired a wide array of techniques for her horses to ensure they get state of the art training including working on track surfaces, swimming (both in the equine pool and at nearby Botany Bay), hand walking her horses over the hills, treadmill work and many other modern aids.