About Us

ABOUT US

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott are one of Australia’s leading horse trainers

with facilities in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a partnership which was formed in 2016

between leading Trainer Gai Waterhouse, daughter of racing legend TJ Smith, and

Adrian Bott, who grew up in the racing world and has created a well-respected name

for himself in the industry.

 

Top Performers of Recent Years

 

Adrian and I are consistently one of the top among Australian trainers, in terms of strike rate both in NSW and VIC and prize money earned.

I have trained over 130 Group 1 winners, including six Golden Slippers, eight Metropolitan Handicaps, nine Flight Stakes' and a

Melbourne Cup. Two of my Golden Slipper winners won the two-year-old Triple Crown, Dance Hero and Pierro, and I attained a trifecta in the prestigious Golden Slipper in 2001 

(a feat never before achieved in this race). 

Adrian and I have already produced five Group 1 winners as a partnership, including Global Glamour who won the Flight Stakes and the 1000 Guineas seven days apart. We also trained our first Group 1 Kennedy Oaks winner with Pinot in the Spring of 2017. 

 

Our Facilities

 

The heart of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing is the historic Tulloch Lodge,

located at Bowral Street, Kensington, seven kilometres from the Sydney CBD.

 

In addition to Tulloch Lodge, we train out of Tempest Morn Lodge, Bounding Away Lodge, Desert War Lodge,

and Sugar Barn Lodge which provide direct access to Randwick Racecourse. We also obtain 24 boxes at

Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne and have arrangements in other capital cities so we can place horses

where they are best positioned to achieve results.

 

Each yard has its own celebrated history and unique character. Horses are accommodated where they are

happiest. They have access to day yards, are housed on luxurious straw bedding and provided with superior feed,

care and supervision.

 

Training facilities at Royal Randwick are second-to-none. The techniques employed by Adrian and I include

training horses on a variety of track surfaces, swimming - both in the equine pool and at nearby Botany Bay - the

handwalking of horses over Randwick’s hills, treadmill work and the use of many modern aids. All horses are

weighed on a weekly basis.

 

My father, TJ Smith, made significant contributions to current thinking around horse nutrition and was renowned

for his ‘bone-and-muscle’ regime that produced fit and strong horses.  Adrian and I have blended his legacy with

our own observations with the aim of ensuring that every horse achieves its full potential.

 

We encourage owners to participate and attend trackwork, barrier trials and open days at the stables. Owners

are welcome to attend early morning gallops beginning at 4:30 a.m. and Sunday Owners which is open to all our

owners every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. 

 

   

 

Our Leadership

 

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing’s strength – which differentiates us in the racing

industry – is the experience of our team.

 

 

Gai Waterhouse

A lifetime with thoroughbreds, a thirst for knowledge and the ability to truly listen to my four-legged charges has given me a distinctive edge in a competitive profession. I have successfully combined tradition and innovation to establish myself as one of the world’s most respected trainers. Daughter of famous trainer and inaugural Racing Hall of Fame inductee TJ Smith, I obtained my trainer’s licence in January 1992 after spending twelve years as my father's apprentice. I have since trained over 130 Group 1 winners, collected seven Sydney trainers’ premierships and I was the first Australian female trainer to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.
 

 

 

Adrian Bott

Son of successful breeder Tony Bott, I became passionate about horses at an early age, growing up at one of the leading nurseries in the Hunter Valley. I completed a Bachelor in Design Computing, but I knew that the thoroughbred industry was where I wanted to make a career. I worked as a cadet steward at Racing NSW before receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigious Godolphin Flying Start Program – a two-year program providing international management and leadership training in the Thoroughbred industry. Having completed the program, I commenced working for Gai Waterhouse Racing and in 2016, Gai and I formed a training partnership.
 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

Our Team

Emma Pearce

Racing Manager

Claudia Miller

Sales & Communications Manager

Andrea Heinrich

Executive Assistant

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

 

Our History

 

The story of Tulloch Lodge began in 1941 when TJ Smith, Gai’s father, received his training licence. During the

next fifty years, Tulloch Lodge produced some of the best horses ever to run in Australia, including the legendary

Kingston Town and Tulloch. TJ became the most successful trainer of Group 1 winners in Australia, training a

record 282 winners, and receiving 33 consecutive trainers’ premierships.

In 1992, TJ handed the reins to his daughter Gai, who has become a racing sensation in her own right and has

steered Tulloch Lodge to new heights in the 21st century. Following in her father’s footsteps, Gai has trained

over 130 Group 1 winners, including six Golden Slippers (equalling her father TJ Smith’s record) and a

Melbourne Cup.

Gai and Adrian have hit the ground running as a partnership having been recognised as the most successful

trainers of the Spring Carnival in 2017.