Gai's Blog - Archive

2017

Midst Of Winter & The Ones To Look Out For

We are currently in the midst of winter and the Brisbane is coming to the back end of their Carnival.. but it's all systems a go here in Sydney 

Gai Waterhouse ‘Strikes 3 Chords’ for Youth with the Blue Guitar Project

My overall experience is one I will never forget. 

To Buy or Not to Buy: are Uniquely Marked Horses Worth the Hype?

Horses such as the infamous Miss Vista are generally acknowledged as anomalies of the thoroughbred population.  

Rebecca Wetzler

I recently came across this illustration of yours truly and decided to delve into the artists background. 

My Experience at Gai’s

A lovely reflection of Charlotte O’Connell's experience at Gai Waterhouse Racing since arriving three weeks ago. 

In Conversation with Alex Malley

One of the most enjoyable interviews I've had, 'In Conversation with Alex Malley' for Channel 9.  

Sunday Stables & the CASEX Racing Syndicate

It's always a great day at Sunday Stables! 

Amanda Elliott

Amanda Elliott has become the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) 

Kate Waterhouse Collaboration with Sapling Child

Sapling Child is pleased to announce an exciting new collection with Kate Waterhouse as Creative Director. 

Inglis Gold Riband

The inaugural Gold Riband session at the Inglis Classic Sale on Saturday night is a fantastic initiative and I can’t wait to get amongst the action. 

Kate Waterhouse Collaborates with Sapling Child

Sapling Child is pleased to announce an exciting new collection with Kate Waterhouse as Creative Director. 

Riding More Challenging Horses - Laura Winstanley

A young lady called Laura Winstanley is currently working for Adrian and me. She is sending me daily blogs of her experiences.  

A Day at the Races with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

A Day at the Races with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott through the eyes of Laura Winstanley.  

Magic Millions Is Upon Us

Magic Millions is upon us again and is one of the most exciting times of the racing calendar. 

2016

Big Weekend of Runners!

Heavily featured in ANZ Bloodstock News ahead of a big weekend of runners.  

Plenty to Look Forward To!

It was a big weekend of runners with two maiden wins and a 2 from 2 winner in Serena Bay. 

#Vote1Angela

My dear friend Angela Belle McSweeney is running for the board of the ATC - the only woman amongst 12 men!  

Melbourne Spring Carnival 2016!

The Melbourne Spring Carnival is done and dusted for another year and my gosh, was it a success!  

November 1 2016

It all started at 10.40am. Some people might have been just rolling out of bed after a good Cup eve out, while others would have been lining up at Flemington from 7.30am.  

The Peter Pan Committee

The Peter Pan Opportunity Committee are holding their Summer Fashion Fair at Club Rose Bay in aid of Barnardos Australia. 

What A Weekend!

I love making history and breaking records and that is what just happened at Caulfield on Saturday. 

The Big Punt

The question I am asked regularly is ‘Gai… do you punt?’ Well the answer is no. I once did... 

Stratum

It was very sad last week to hear about the sad passing of the gun sire Stratum. I have often described Stratum as one of the most underrated and affordable sires.  

Curing the Yips

The yips. A nervous reaction that occurs in one’s head over something that should be easy that talent and ability does not help solve. 

The Opening Day

The Breeders' Plate is now two weeks away and I have plenty of candidates with the potential to compete in the race after opening day yesterday at Randwick.  

Wow!

Heading home from the races on Saturday evening, I heard something that made me smile. 

Who is Who

Can anyone guess who is who in the below set of photos? The coat is not fooling anyone! 

The Day is Approaching

The 1st set of two-year-old trials are almost upon us, however I still am in favour of us returning to the old system. 

The 1959 V.R.C Derby

On Saturday night, after much persuasion, I was entrusted with the grandchildren while I was home alone waiting for Rob to return from Caulfield where he was fielding for the day.  

Speed – Balance – Momentum

Purrari carried her weight with distinction and I couldn’t be happier with the filly going forwards.  

The Three that Took my Eye

After a great weekend where I celebrated a birthday and received a pair of pants with photos of my granddaughters on them, it was back to business this morning. 

Can’t Hoist the Cup with a Runner

I must say that I do like proving people wrong and on the occasions it happens, victory is all that much sweeter.  

My Guineas Dream

I have always wanted to win the Caulfield Guineas, but I can tell you it is not an easy race to win. This race is a stallion making race in every sense of the word. Look at the honour roll…  

The Colts Are Back

There is nothing as exciting as a new season three-year-old colt, trust me I know as I have had a few. On Saturday two of my boom colts El Divino (Snitzel x Vegas Showgirl) and Evacuation (More Than Ready x Scattered) will return to racing.  

Spring Is Here

A big percentage of my spring horses trialled Friday morning and the results were better than I could have imagined.  

Houston – No Problem at All!

Do you know what is amazing? As far as human physical scientific achievement, we may have reached our peak in 1969! 

Treble

There certainly was movement at Tulloch Lodge on Sunday, but rest assure none of our colts got away!  

Shane Rose

In the Waterhouse household we always support the Aussies at the Olympics and when someone you know competes, let alone wins a medal, it is an extra thrill. 

A Happy Place

As a lot of you have no doubt read, the 4th member of the ‘new crew’ of our Waterhouse clan has arrived.  

First Black Type Winner for the Season

There is another stallion prospect in our midst as Thronum (Snitzel x Helena's Secret) is indeed a colt with a future. 

The World of the Thoroughbred

Over the last few days I have been cruising around the stud farms inspecting yearlings.  

Still The Same

Last Friday on my blog I put up a video of Friday On My Mind by the Easybeats as to express my excitement heading into Friday’s trials 

They Just Keep Getting Better

The sons and daughters of High Chaparral require patience. 

Friday on my Mind

What is the most famous Australian song of all-time? You’re The Voice perhaps? Maybe Highway To Hell for the rock fans?  

A Champion

Last night I saw something that reminded me of a race many years ago – a race I didn’t even go close to winning. 

Bindi Cheers

I urge anyone who knows anything about the whereabouts or anything at all in regards to trainer Bindi Cheers to immediately contact Crime Stoppers. 

A Multitude of Options

In a weeks’ time, the ever improving Multitude (Lonhro x My Lady's Chamber) turns four, and as such he of course will only be able to run in open class races.  

Thronum

On Saturday Thronum will have to carry 59kg on a wet track, but I have no doubt he is up to the task. 

Crewy

Crewy celebrated his 80th birthday this week, as well as his 64th year at the stable 

The Archibald Prize & Sally Taylor

I must pass on my congratulations to Louise Hearman for winning the 2016 Archibald Prize with her magnificent depiction of legendary Australian comedian Barry Humphries. 

Dark Eyes Back in Form

Luck plays a big part in racing, but I like to think a good positive ride can create your own luck.  

We Can Only Hope

Rarely have I had a filly that in July has looked such a Classics prospect after a maiden win.  

It is that Time of Year

In two weeks all the two-year-olds turn three. All the three-year-olds go into open company and all the older horses feel that little bit longer in the tooth. 

Strapper of the Year - Laura Stritch

One of my trusted strappers Laura Stritch has been announced as one of nine finalists in the running to be named Sydney Strapper of the Year.  

The Newmarket Town Plate

The Newmarket Town Plate is a three mile six furlongs marathon race run in Newmarket England during the iconic July Cup meeting.  

The Future

I once read a bumper sticker on a car – I think it was in Texas of all places. It read ‘be nice to your children because they will choose your nursing home.’  

They All Count

How many horses have ever run in races in Australia? Millions probably??? 

Racing 101

"Racing 101 is truly the first module into racing. For anyone who are interested to learn more about the ins and outs of this great sport, this is THE program - Teresa Poon" 

The Lord of Macau

The gelding that won so well on Wednesday Lord Macau (Casino Prince x Sweet Cheeks) is by the former top line galloper Casino Prince. 

I Won’t Back Down

On Saturday, Thronum (Snitzel x Helena's Secret) certainly didn’t back down when he was dragged into a street fight over the last 300m of his debut race.  

Come one Come All

On Sunday, my team will be showing the Sebring x Tigress Lily colt at my Tulloch Lodge stables… 

My Happy Place

This is what I was born and bred to do and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

Everything is just Dinky

While it is the ‘off season’ I am yet to really see an off season if that makes sense. 

Snippets

I am often asked who I believe to be the best horse trainer in the world, and without question, the answer has to be the pride of Ireland - Aidan O'Brien.  

Congratulations Hugo & Wesley

Royal Ascot kicks off with a bang!  

Powerfully Hot!

A few weeks ago, I decided to give the More Than Ready filly Piping Hot (More Than Ready x Ribe) several gallops over 1000m at near full pace. 

A Confident Filly

It has taken a little while, but I have finally trained some confidence into the daughter of Northern Meteor. 

The Royal Ascot Meeting

I am yet to grace the Winner’s Circle at Royal Ascot, but I have been rather close.  

The Apocalypse

No the world didn’t end, but it sure felt as if it could at any minute!  

Sharing Gai’s joy

I was absolutely thrilled to read the below article courtesy of Stephen Howell that appears in this month’s edition of Inside Racing.  

The Irish

I remember walking into Flemington racecourse on the first Tuesday in November 2007.  

Just Two

‘You’re mad’ they were telling me. ‘That filly can’t back up from 2000m in Brisbane to 1400m in Sydney in seven days!’  

Hard as Nails

Tough As Teak! What a name and how appropriate.  

1600m

On Tuesday I was wrapped for the owners when the Medaglia D'oro colt Vasiliev (Medaglia D'oro x Tennessee Midnight) broke through for his maiden win at Gosford.  

15 and Counting

When correct weight was finally given and Orleans (Snitzel x Take Charge) was declared the winner of the two-year-old race at Beaumont on Saturday, I was tickled pink. 

A Satisfying Friday Morning

The trials were at Royal Randwick this morning and I was absolutely thrilled with the performances of my horses.  

Read All About It!

One of my very dear owners Sue Hardie is involved in the Peter Pan Committee "OP SHOP"  

Lovely Feedback

For as long as I can remember, my owners have been welcome at the stables of a Sunday.  

Two Weeks Ago

This tree is one of maybe ten that surround the racecourse… 

Paddle!

As you will all know, last week I spent my annual three days in Port Fairy.  

They Can’t All Be Tulloch To Start With.

I have a funny little story for you all today, and this particular story still has the fairy-tale ending to come.  

1.8312° S, 78.1834° W

Ecuador is of course a South American country that lies within the coordinates that I have used as the title for this blog. 

Party Time

With close to a hundred horses in work, it takes a good team to keep the business running and running successfully.  

I'm Chuffed

After Valediction's big win on Tuesday in the Classic Brierly Steeplechase, Sue Schick, who bred the young gelding at her Windsor Park Stud in NZ, sent me the loveliest email.  

The South

I now know what Ernest Shackleton went through 100 years ago. 

The Job is Only Half Done

The master jumper Valediction (Zabeel x Madam Valeta) has given me one of the greatest thrills I have experienced in racing. 

Literally Everywhere

Before I delve into my weekend travels, I must take this time to congratulate a great friend of mine.  

The Masterful Alister Simpson

Alister can sum up months of work in two or three beautiful sentences.  

Hail to the Digger’s

ANZAC Day 2016 was another successful day for Gai Waterhouse with the very promising gelding Supply And Demand winning 

They Demanded – I Supplied

On occasion, things just go to plan perfectly.  

That’s 11

Almost Two

Wednesday was a terrific day. The apple of my eye Valediction performed brilliantly 

Venturing North… and South

The circus is leaving town. 

A Great win in any Language

English (Encosta De Lago x Court) is a top, top class filly. She always has been. 

He’s my Brother

The most sort-after broodmare in the southern hemisphere is a 13-year-old bay mare named Vegas Showgirl. 

Duck, Duck… Goose!

Over the weekend, renowned poultry breeder Mick Peel came over to Fiorente.  

Hold on Steve!

The crème de la crème of horsemen and women were at Hamilton to see the three jumps races. 

All About the Ladies

Although Global Glamour (Star Witness x Spectacula) did not make it to Group 1 level in her 1st preparation, I have no doubt she is a filly with a big future. 

Results Make the Pedigree

I always say, that when inspecting the yearlings, I try not to look at the pedigree page. 

Oh… the Excitement!

Day 1 of the 2016 Inglis Easter sales was like no other. Rarely have I been as excited by purchases that were all acquired on one day. 

A Draw is Better than a Loss

It’s a most exciting time in racing.  

Always Something Happening

There is always something happening in racing… 

The Championships

A mare I have always had a lot of time for is Supara (Domesday x Unabated) who again ran a brilliant race in a Group 2 event on Saturday 

They Don’t All Look The Same

The flagship Inglis Easter sale is almost upon us again, and as we speak, I am dashing between the Hunter Valley studs for my final inspections. 

In With the New

No, it is not out with the old – in with the new, but rather simply ‘in with the new.’ 

Go Gai!

This morning while I was reviewing the win of the readymade colt El Divino (Snitzel x Vegas Showgirl) yesterday at Gosford, 

I Am Missing A Shoe

The cancellation of the feature meeting at Newcastle was very strange. 

Aurora

Has anyone seen the Northern Lights? The Aurora Borealis? 

Positivity

What a great weekend for everyone at Tulloch Lodge.  

Please have a read!

I am completely behind this and I urge all my readers to have a read of what Adele has to say.  

Praying Can Help

Yesterday may have been International Women’s Day, but it was with a colt that The Lady Trainer had a nice win.  

Happy Happy Happy

Now I am not saying Kiss And Make Up is Pierro or Vancouver, but my oh my he is close!  

Defending Champion

I am the first one to say that looking back 12 months can’t help win races this coming weekend. 

Inglis Melbourne

For years, the Inglis Premier Sale at Oaklands in Melbourne was kind of a little brother to the major sale under the fig tree at Newmarket in Sydney over Easter. 

The Slipper May Just Fit

Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain x Double Ranga) continues to win and she keeps winning even when everything is against her and everyone is doubting her.  

Small but Select

While I might only have three runners on the weekend, I think I can make it a clean sweep.  

Energy is equal to the mass of an object multiplied by the square of the speed of light.

When I started writing today’s blog, I was thinking about one of the great songs of all-time. 

All Things Must Come To An End

The racing career of Pornichet (Vespone x Porza) has come to an end. 

Tried and True

I had a little giggle to myself this morning while I was reflecting on the week that was.  

A Very Important Evening

Last week I was thrilled and honoured to address an audience at none other than Parliament House in Canberra.  

Hattember

Last Sunday I hosted members of The Embellish Atelier Team at my ‘Sunday at the Stables’ gathering.  

Underrated

For a long time I have been saying that my former Group 1 winner Al Maher is a much underrated sire.  

Confidence

I am always confident that my horses can produce their best. 

A Double of Doubles

Ok, so my grammar in the title might not be perfect, but...  

A Nice Early Week Double

At 2am or maybe a little after, the alarm goes off. I often hear the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof, but I always get up, do a little yoga and get ready for the day. 

A Magnificent Portrait

Of all champions that have won 2000m races at Randwick, none have won in a quicker time than Hampton Court did in 2014.  

They All Have to Start Somewhere

On a very rare occasion I like to have a trawl back through the old memory and think of great horses I have trained and how they started their careers. 

New Zealand is the Place to Be

Pop quiz… actually first some cold hard facts.  

Five over three

We had racing this past weekend from Friday night until Sunday and with another good meeting shaping up for Tuesday, it is time to let the good times roll. 

Good Questions

Sometimes I get asked some peculiar questions by the esteemed media. 

The River Runs Wild

Around the time Nothin’ Leica Dane was coming through the ranks, I went and saw a film about bank robbers taking a family of happy go lucky tourists hostage in the Rocky Mountains. 

Tremendous Article

Both Rob and I really enjoyed Peter Lawrence’s opinion piece on racenet.com.au yesterday. 

Teaching the Secret

At the Magic Millions inspections last week Joanna Wang from Magic Millions together with a group of interns from DITI tagged along with Lea and I and my team.  

It is Heating Up

When one champ leaves, it opens the door for the next generation to thrive.  

Redemption at Ipswich

Every June in the small South West Queensland town of Ipswich, the Gai Waterhouse Classic is run and won. 

It’s All Happening

One of the great cricket commentators of all time, who is still commentating, had the famous catch phrase of ‘it’s all happening.’  

Rain Down

It is raining all up and down this east coast of Australia and didn't the aptly named Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain x Double Ranga) produce the goods on Saturday.  

2015

Please Get Behind This

Last night I received the most touching note from Lee Curtis. 

Plenty On

This is a funny time of year. The week between Christmas and the New Year is a time when many people are on holidays, at the beach or back at the shopping centres. 

No Time for a Slumber Party

From all the way over the other side of the world, I still know a good run when I see one.  

A Politically Correct Christmas

In the spirit of my baby boomer pride blogs of late, please enjoy my (and Rob’s) Christmas poem. Merry Christmas.  

What A Weekend

What a sensational weekend. There is no other way to say it. 

Good Medical Advice

I am a baby boomer as is my husband, his siblings and my cousins. 

On The Lounge

Quite often people ask me if Chris Waller and I are friends. Well the answer is yes. 

What A Weekend it Promises to be

I have runners both tonight at Canterbury and tomorrow at Royal Randwick that I am very much excited about.  

My European Youngsters

I have passed the pen today for my blog to my two young European workers.  

Lightning

You all would have read that there has been a new edition to the stable; a beautiful High Chaparral x D.J. Lightning filly. 

Looking Sharp, but no Party to Attend

On the 16th of this month, there is a maiden for the three-year-old fillies. 

There's A Lady Who's Sure All That Glitters Is Gold

The trials are going well, the two-year-olds are coming to hand, and the horses both midweek and on the weekends are running well. 

Exciting Times

The week and the weekend that was, certainly was an exciting one.  

A Stampede towards Group 1 Glory!

I was much taken with the performance of the High Chaparral colt Stampede (High Chaparral x Nothin' Leica Cat) at Warwick Farm.  

Shackleton

I do love a good name, and just yesterday my Fastnet Rock/Wiener colt received his name… Shackleton!  

My Trackwork Theory

I generally work my older horses over either 5, 6 or 7 furlongs depending on where they are in their preparations. 

Attention all Apprentice hoops

Stop the presses! Attention all apprentice jockeys. Please watch the below clip… 

66% of the way to a Triple

Triple Snitz (Snitzel x Triple Crown) is now two from two and he is getting close to completing a triple very early in his career.  

Saskatchewan

Yes, Saskatchewan. 

Not A Normal Sunday

This week’s Sunday at the Stables was one of the best we have ever had, and it is all thanks to the great Alister Simpson. 

The Staff and the Art

Any horse trainer is nothing without staff, good staff.  

A Real ‘Must See!’

I have attached an article by Drew Forsythe describing the fifteen year anniversary of The Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Review.  

Sensational

I was ever so thrilled with the win of the mare Swing Sensation (Northern Meteor x Swing Dance).  

I Agree – A Super Run

The Offer did not win the Melbourne Cup, but by gosh didn’t he run well!  

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

For the first time in Australia, Godolphin are presenting awards for excellence in the Australian Racing Industry.  

Not Quite – But still a great day.

Yesterday I had 11 runners spread out around Australia.  

This is the Show

This is it. This is the race every trainer, every owner and every jockey dreams of winning. It is the race every punter hones in on every year. 

Bull and Film

On Saturday in Scone at the Supreme All BREEDS Championships, breeder Greg Ebeck won the champion steer gong with this beauty of a bovine… 

363 Days

A year minus 2 days from the time you are reading this, the Cox Plate will be run and won again and mark my words, I will be there.  

11 Looks Good

Young Rob Waterhouse, my darling husband, has gone in the paper this morning and told all. 

Give them a Chance

I don’t know how the other trainers do it and I’m sure most stables have a number of three-year-old fillies who are maidens. 

Aloha – It’s Wednesday!

No I am not in Hawaii, but rather entrenched in all that is spring in Victoria. 

The Mighty Southern Hemisphere

What a relief it is that we in the southern hemisphere can still produce a feature race winner.  

Still Ticking Along

I believe it was the great American author and humoris Mark Twain who said ‘the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ 

Restless

Restless a gelding I trained in the early '2000s returned to his birth place, Yarraman Park. 

Carry That Weight

What have the Beatles got to do with winning races at Royal Randwick in 2015 you may ask?  

All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go

What has happened to the ‘City Maidens’ or No-Metro-Wins races for two and three-year-olds?  

They are Coming up Nicely

Yesterday I noticed that a lot of my two-year-olds had really improved.  

21 Miles

A lovely chap named Mark Sowerby recently bought into two young horses under my watch, also young Mark recently swam the English Channel!  

Lunch in the Chairman’s Club

I can often be heard around this time of year, detailing how no one does racing better than the VRC.  

The Inside Rail

Sean Clancy is a wonderful American racing writer. Sean lives in Virgina, but can be found wherever the best races are run on any given day throughout the United States.  

The Barry & Anne Pang Collection

My dear friends Barry and Anne Pang are auctioning off their extensive art collection on Sunday 18 October.  

Speech by Honorary Consul Ms Louise Waterhouse

We had a big 40 year anniversary celebration dedicated to Grandpa Bill and his service to the Kingdom of Tonga at the NSW Parliament. 

The Stallion Making Races

I have often said that after the Golden Slipper, the Caulfield Guineas is the next greatest stallion making race in Australia.  

Tonga – More than a Pacific Paradise

I would not say I am avid fan of the sport, but like any good sportswoman, I keep my eyes and ears open to all sports and support the Aussies wherever they go. 

Opening Day for the 2YO's

After trackwork, we all ventured over to the trials. In a previous era, these trials were the biggest event on the calendar. 

A Rare Glance Back – But always looking forward

With Pornichet heading to the George Main Stakes, a race that I absolutely adore, I decided to take a rare peak back into the history books.  

Dark Steel

There is not much in racing that is more exciting than a Redoute’s Choice colt. 

Dr Edmund Bateman

My dear friend Dr Edmund Bateman has sadly passed. Edmund was a great Australian and the tributes are flowing as they very well should.  

Never Bitter

I have learnt, over many years that being angry, bitter or upset after a narrow defeat is no good to anyone. 

Glencadam Sails into the Sunset

I have decided to retire my UK import Glencadam Gold.  

All the Rachel’s

While I was in the United States visiting Saratoga, in between the sales and the races, I was lucky enough to meet a filly named Rachel’s Valentina.  

The Fillies

Speak Fondly (Northern Meteor x Blab) continued on her merry way on Saturday winning the second leg of the Princess Series, the Furious Stakes.  

A Beautiful Service

Not only was Bart one of Australia’s greatest ever horse trainers, but he also certainly has a place at the top of the list regarding Australia’s greatest ever sports people. 

The Weekend

One of the most improved mares in the stable is the grey lady Arabian Gold. This multiple Stakes winning mare is a relatively new edition to the stable, but there is not a mare going better. 

The Moore Dynasty

George Moore senior was one of the great hoops of all time in Australia. Dad and George teamed up many, many times with great success, most famously with the champion Tulloch.  

Vale Bart

Sadness has descended on NSW and Australia after the legend of Australian racing Bart Cummings died early on Sunday morning.  

Go Brenton!

When I visited the RDA on a quite country road somewhere between Port Fairy and Warrnambool back in May, I was so very impressed with what was happening in this big shed. 

Flamboyant Lass

Flamboyant Lass is a filly on the rise and like her stablemates Kimberley Star and Speak Fondly, not to mention English, the daughter of Stratum has big G1 targets ahead.  

The Weather

For years I have been asked on race mornings whether or not I will be running my horses based on the fact that there had been significant overnight rain. 

I always Speak Fondly

While I am always positive about my horses’ chances or I ‘Speak Fondly’ about them if you will, I must say that I was a touch concerned about one of my key chances on Saturday. 

A Very Interesting Day

The day started like most others. Beep, beep, beep went the alarm and before too long I was at Randwick ready and primed for a big session of gallops from all my best horses.  

The best place to find a stallion

One thing that I love to do and that keeps me young is proving the doubters wrong.  

River Wild runs them ragged.

River Wild could not have been more impressive on Saturday at Kembla Grange and he now looks set for a big preparation.  

Wesley Ward – Hall of Fame

I was over the moon when my dear friend and a man I take great inspiration from Wesley Ward told me he was to be inducted into Washington’s Racing Hall of Fame. 

On the radio

I have just recorded the most fantastic radio interview with Horse Racing Radio network in the United States. 

New York State and a double of doubles

While I thoroughly have been enjoying my time in New York State and the Saratoga races and sales, my mind is never far from my horses at home. 

The New Season

Fresher than a mountain stream. This is how I would describe the start of each new season of racing.  

The spring is coming

While the weather may still be on the chilly side, especially down in Melbourne, there is a hint of spring in the air due to the presence of all the better horses at trackwork most mornings.  

Always Fit

My horses are fit and ready to go first up, and it just so happens that Countryman, a horse I have always had a lot of time for, improves dramatically second up. 

Joyeux Anniversaire

Today marks the horse’s birthday.  

Trackwork and Trials Friday 31st July 2015

In heat 1, Amanpour, Adrift,The Offer and Pornichet finished 1,2,3,4 and were not separated by far.  

Generation Y

We need younger people going to the races more often and in bigger numbers. 

Best of the best.

Since we launched our new website at GWR, the author of the original version of the below article has received plenty of emails asking for this article to be out up again  

A lovely thought

A lovely chap named David Collins purchased ‘A Morning at Trackwork’ and on Saturday he came to Randwick to see how I and my team go about getting things done in the wee hours. 

Sort After

Sort After (Wanted x Patronyme) managed to finally break her maiden at Newcastle on Saturday and I was most impressed that the filly was able to step up to the 1400m and win nicely.  

Money where my mouth is.

The question I am asked more than any other is ‘Gai… do you punt?’ Well the answer is no. 

The yearlings are coming

In a little over a week, all the yearlings in my stable will be turning two. 

Excitement

One of the things I truly love about racing is that the next big race is always just around the corner.  

Back and ready to rock

There really is no place like home. Having said that, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Japan.  

JRHA Select Sale

The 2015 JRHA Select Sale has concluded, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northern Farm on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. 

Balboa Park

Thorn Park produced many Group 1 winners, and I may just have uncovered a future Group 1 winner on Saturday at Newcastle in the form of the well-named Thorn Park gelding Balboa Park. 

The first look is always crucial

The first time I saw Fabrizio (High Chaparral x Desina) in a paddock, I was very taken with his appearance.  

Back to back wins in the Grafton Cup

Have you ever seen a more tenacious win?  

It's the colours

One thing that always strikes me whilst lodging on continental Europe is the colours. No not he rainbows, the sky and the mountains, but the colours of the clothes.  

Now this is what I like

Francesco (Wanted) is a gelding that I have always had a lot of time for. I thought enough of this boy right back during his two-year-old season to prepare him for the Blue Diamond at Caulfield.  

Keeping up with the Waterhouses

Those that know me will know that I am borderline obsessed with NeilMed sinus rinse.  

Kimberley Star stars...twice!

The talented filly Kimberley Star (Star Witness x Kiss The Sun) demolished her maiden status on Wednesday at Warwick Farm, and she indeed had to do it the hard way. 

Here Comes the Sun

I can’t remember a period of Sydney racing, where the tracks have been so wet for so long... 

Heart-warming stuff

I recently received the lovely feedback shown below from one of the part owners of the brilliantly named Laidback Larry (O'Reilly), a lovely gentleman by the name of Terry Bellerby.  

A steller Queensland winter

No matter how I look at it, I must say that the horses I sent to Queensland for the winter carnival have pleased me immensely.  

Harlem River breaks through

Harlem River had been beaten on her merits at her last two starts, but the step up to 1400m looked as if it would be ideal for the daughter of Fastnet Rock on Saturday.  

Pajaro returns to the Winner's Circle

The former kiwi Pajaro (Align x Astuto) returned to the Winner’s Circle with style on a very heavy track at Randwick on Saturday.  

Waterloo

It was funny that on the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, the winner of the first race at Royal Ascot on day three was a two-year-old Irish bred colt named Waterloo Bridge.  

The phenomenon that is Wesley Ward

I was absolutely thrilled that my great friend and trainer that I look up to, Wesley Ward, was able to record his 5th win at Royal Ascot overnight. 

Looking towards the Gold Coast

I may be in London and on the train coming home from day 1 of the magnificent Royal Ascot Carnival, but my thoughts are never too far from what is happening back on the home front.  

Pierro's progeny are coming

Pierro left Tulloch Lodge for a career in the breeding barn many moons ago. We were of course all sad to see him go, but at the same time we knew it would not be long until his progeny started arriving into the stable.  

Physio entry no. 2

Here are 2 of the treatment tools used as part of the daily physiotherapy routine for Wandjina as he progresses his way towards Royal Ascot. 

It is getting closer

It is Ascot eve, everyone is in grand form and most importantly my main man Wandjina is looking the goods.  

Valediction

Before Thursday, I had trained several hurdle winners, but never a steeplechase winner. No longer! The great Valediction finally broke through for a brilliant all the way steeplechase victory. 

Horse Heaven

In Newmarket, Suffolk County, England, there is a remarkable training establishment that takes my breath away every time I visit. There are 3,000 horses in work at the complex, yet sometimes you feel all alone out on the track. 

Reading Glasses on

While abroad I get to catch up on my reading. It is a long way from Sydney...to Newmarket.  

Physio Entry No. 1

Wandjina thoroughly enjoys his daily physiotherapy routine! 

Winners and Wandjina

From England, with the help of technology, I was able to enjoy the wins of Eisenhower at Royal Randwick and the talented colt Meteor Storm at Kembla 

The American Triple Crown

In Australia...we really have three Triple Crown’s. 

Northern Meteor

It has been a little while since we sadly lost the super-sire Northern Meteor, and despite the fact that he has sired his last yearling,  

Mooooo

Have a look at this gorgeous little calf! He is one of the first embryo transfer calves by Greg Ebbeck’s new Canadian bull Six Star Royal Flesh. 

Take off

Today is the day. For the umpteenth time in my life to date, I am off England and this trip is more exciting than in previous years, because I will have a glamour colt in tow.  

Ecuador Is Back

One of my favourite geldings in the yard, Ecuador (High Chaparral x Bak da Princess) returned to the winner’s circle with style on Saturday at Rosehill. 

Shop Around

This week I have been reminded of the value that can be obtained still in the 21st Century at Australian yearling sales.  

A Double Hat Trick

It was by far Santuario's best run to date and in winning, the son of Purrealist gave the Lady Trainer four wins from her last four starters.  

Update

A couple of weeks ago, we made mention of the fact that Gai had (at the time) for the 2014-2015 season had trained 29 Black-Type winners. 

Ravenwitch breaks her maiden

Ravenwitch is a filly I have always had a lot of time for, and now, at her 8th start, she has finally broken through for a much overdue victory. 

Trials 25 May 2015

The best of my trial horses were all two-year-olds. 

A Doomben Double

What a fun day it was at Doomben on Saturday. 

2015 Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees

As a very proud member of The Australian Racing Hall of Fame, I take special interest every year of those lucky enough to be inducted at the annual ceremony.  

Nobody does it better

The VRC really are unmatched in the way they promote racing. The VRC are already putting the foot down in regards to their Melbourne Cup promotions. 

A Racing Nation

The thoroughbred has always had a unique place in Australian history. 

They must be fit

Years ago Joe Janiak gave me a piece of advice that I will never forget. 

Back from Scone

The two day meeting at Scone is a lot of fun. I generally had a lot of time to meet and great and speak to many people. 

The Peter Pan Sale 15'

The Peter Pan Opportunity Committee are holding their Winter Sale at Paddington Town Hall in aid of Barnardos Australia 

The Doomben Double

At Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane late in May every year since 1933, the Doomben Double has been run and won. 

Mark Newnham is back in work

My assistant trainer Mark Newnham recently returned from a trip that anyone who loves racing would drool over. 

Bring back Rob's column

My dear friend Ron Bell is always first on the email to congratulate me on a big feature race win. 

Black Type Prowess

The 36 Stakes wins for Tulloch Lodge in 2013 – 2014 were made up of 7 Group One wins, 10 Group Two wins, 11 Group Three wins and 8 Listed wins.  

Lovely Notes Truly Appreciated By the Team

I get such satisfaction from training my horses and getting the results on the track but the crux of the business is the people, the owners. My main goal, win, lose or draw, is to ensure that my owners have the most enjoyable day possible and my entire team and I work really hard to make this happen. I love nothing more than passing on my owners' appreciation to the rest of the team as I know it really means a lot to each of them. 

The ‘Bool in pictures

I enjoyed an action packed three days in Warrnambool / Port Fairy. Here is my photo journal of The ‘Bool 2015 

Keep the notes coming

I was lucky enough to receive correspondence from several of my much treasured owners. 

Vancouver Cocktails

The entire team had a ball. 

The Story of Pornichet So Far...

One of the greatest thrills for a trainer is ironing out the creases or removing chinks in a horse’s armour, allowing them to achieve their potential. 

Najoom went Zoom… Again!

The gun filly is simply getting better and better. 

Kenny

Kenny always wrote entertaining, topical and often controversial pieces that were enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of racing folk over the years. 

19 years Later

Before Saturday, I had won the Doomben Cup just once. 

Three days of trackwork

It has been a fantastic couple of days of trackwork that started way back on the rained out Hawkesbury Cup day. 

Gai's Gazette, Nineteenth Edition May 2015

The Slipper fits again 

Banished, but still winning

Years ago I trained a gelding named Banished who was by Snippets and out of an American mare named Black List.  

Bernborough country

For years I heard my famous father answer questions about the greatest horse he ever saw race.  

Looking South

New South Wales is a big state and I have never been one who worried too much about travelling horses. 

It is wet again...

I had the daughter of Not A Single Doubt up and running on Cox Plate day 2013, when she was an early two-year-old. 

The 'Bool is coming

By this time next week, I will be immersed in the three day jumping carnival at Warrnambool in south west Victoria. 

Destiny in (the) Cups

The promising stayer Dee I Cee (Istidaad x Smashed All Night) has joined my Randwick stable via NZ and the gelding has settled in splendidly. 

The Gold Coast lives up to it's name

I was lucky enough to enjoy a fantastic ANZAC day 2015 on the Gold Coast. 

The sky cleared for a Canterbury double

Cyclone Sydney has come and gone and despite a 24 hour delay, the races were held at Canterbury and Gai Waterhouse produced a double at what is the Lady Trainer’s favourite Sydney track.  

Sweet Idea and Driefontein

Two of the most consistent mares in the country have recently been retired. 

A future star

Show A Star (Excites x Tag Jeur) came to my Flemington stable in the height of summer as an unraced three-year-old gelding.  

The wonderful Wandjina

Wandjina (Snitzel x La Bamba) would have to be the most talked about horse in the country at the minute. 

Noctaiform and the benefit of a horse on the quick back up

Forever the historian, Rob Waterhouse recently received correspondence about his comments on horse’s backing up. 

Stratum Strikes Time & Time Again - By Emma Pearce

In my short tenure with Gai Waterhouse Racing, I can think of no more consistent sire of Tulloch Lodge residents than '''Stratum'''. I have seen four of his offspring move through their preparations from yearlings to four year olds and never cease to be amazed by their versatility, class and toughness. 

Gai TV - Last big day

I have a nice team heading out tomorrow to wrap up what has been an exciting Carnival.  

Najoom went boom!

Rarely do fillies win by four lengths with 58.5kg, but I was not at all surprised that Najoom did it with ease at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. 

Donelle

Donelle (Not A Single Doubt x Avarice) is a filly I have always had a lot of time for and it was fantastic to see her win with such ease at Gosford on Tuesday. 

Riding For The Disabled

The RDA in Victoria and throughout Australia does absolutely magnificent work.  

American apprentice Kali Francois

Visiting American apprentice Kali Francois writes a monthly blog for 'The Chronicle Of The Horse.'  

Amanpour

Congratulations to Mr Cojuangco on a fantastic Group One win. 

Gai TV - Championships Day 2

I have a team of 7 stepping out tomorrow and here are my thoughts.  

This says it all...

I received the loveliest of notes from two of my part owners…it all but brought me to tears.  

Bentley Biscuit

At the 2003 Inglis Easter Sales, Gai and Mr G W Mooratoff paid $120,000 for a gelding named Bentley Biscuit (Peintre Celebre x Tycoon Joy).  

Easter Weekend

The Easter Bunny has come and gone, the rain has come and gone, but the Lady Trainer has only briefly left the Randwick area over the long weekend. 

GAI TV, Championships Day 1

Its the eve of The Championships.  

Busy, busy, busy

It has been an extremely busy week, as all weeks are at this time of the year. 

A Quaddie of Doncaster Wins

The Doncaster might be the hardest race in Australia to win. 

Grand Armee

April Fools

The Future Institute, an off-shoot of the CSIRO, announced a major collaboration with Gai Waterhouse Racing. 

Pornichet - On to the Donacaster

The former Frenchman Pornichet heads to the Doncaster now in winning form. 

Look out honey 'cause I'm using technology.

It is a funny thing this twitter, but my word can I keep my owners and potential buyers up to date with my movements by using it. 

2YO's, 2YO's and more 2YO's

It is just a week since the Slipper has been run and won and by next week we will be enthralled in the Inglis Easter Sales. 

Jump onto the Internet

When my now steeplechaser Valediction ran at Warrnambool yesterday, I, as an owner received an email almost as soon as the race had been completed. 

The Slipper is back

After winning my 6th Slipper on Saturday, the masses are back and the Sydney racing public are alive and well. 

Gai TV - The BMW 28 March 2015

Here are my thoughts on my runners for Rosehill 28 March 2015, The BMW.  

The loveliest of lovely notes

Here is Dave Murphy's note and I must admit I had just the faintest of tears brewing upon reading it in full. 

Dream Ahead

Remembering this truly great athlete, I saw Lot 342, Dream Ahead x Maimuna at Inglis Premier and knew I had to have him.  

Avoiding a walk on the plank

My skull and crossbones flag fly out the front of Tulloch Lodge when I am just that little extra bit confident of a good result in a Group One race. 

Six Slippers

Gai Waterhouse has now won the Golden Slipper on six occasions. Three colts, two fillies and one gelding have all saluted under the banner of the Lady Trainer. 

Gai TV Golden Slipper 2015

The Golden Slipper has finally arrived!! 

Clash Of Clans

The smart colt Clash Of Clans bounced back in the best way possible at Newcastle on Wednesday.  

Staring

The smart chestnut gelding Show A Star (Excites x Tag Jeur) continues to thrive at my Flemington stable. 

Dynamic Day

I must thank Dynamic Syndications for a lovely day on Sunday at the Theatre of the Horse at Randwick. 

Keep on ticking along

Congratulations to the owners of these three winners. All three were very impressive and all three look to have huge preparations ahead of them. 

Always Nice

As we all experienced, last Saturday was a great day for everyone at Tulloch Lodge.  

Caped Crusader

1250m – 1800m for an O’Reilly gelding. No problem! 

A long, long weekend

It certainly is autumn and this is the busiest time of the year for the Lady Trainer. 

Could this be the next Vancouver?

“Vancouver is just a dominant colt and they win Golden Slippers,” Gai said after Vancouver demolished a field of Golden Slipper favourites with minimal urging. 

Wandjina

Wandjina could run and win anywhere in the form he is in at the moment. 

Vancouver

Vancouver remains unbeaten after demolishing his rivals in the Group Two Todman Stakes on Saturday. 

Swing Sensation

Swing Sensation won her first start as a three-year-old at Newcastle. 

Nayeli

Nayeli returned to the winner's circle with a bang on Saturday. 

English

English was well fancied in race one, the Group Two Reisling Stakes. 

Cosmic Endeavour

The gun mare Cosmic Endeavour is now a two-time Group One winner after taking out the Canterbury Stakes on Saturday at Randwick. 

I’ve been everywhere

Stud farms, race tracks, airports, highways, back roads and then yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting our nation’s capital. 

Kingston Town

‘The King’ winning his third Cox Plate in 1982, inspired Gai as a young 28-year-old. 

Man Of Distinction

This gelding showed a touch of class, a turn of speed and plenty of tenacity in winning on debut on Saturday at Kembla. 

Raphael's Cat

The gelding looks to be a flying machine, with a turn of speed and plenty of tenacity as was shown at his debut at Rosehill on Wednesday. 

Trial thoughts 23 February

Several of my really nice autumn contenders appear to have well and truly awoken from their summer slumbers. 

Plenty to report

Aloha boys and girls. We have a lot to cover today in the blog so I best be getting started.  

Greatwood was great!

This boy has shown for a long time now that he loves a fight and that he thrives when challenged. 

You can fit a lot into one day

Relax boys and girls, for the Lady Trainer has not fallen off the face of the planet. 

Diary of a nice weekend

The winning Waterhouse weekend. 

Lovely Words

You meet new people every day in this job. 

Trial Thoughts

Autumn is definitely in the air and many of my good horses that are not running at Randwick on Saturday went around on Tuesday at the trials.  

Trackwork Superstars 12th February 2015

I have always liked to give my runners a really nice piece of ‘final’ work in the lead up to an important race. 

Encosta De Lago

It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the stallion career of Encosta de Lago now that the great stallion has been retired from stud duties. 

Busy Fellas

I was thrilled to read that three of the seven busiest sires in terms of mares served, in Australia in 2014 were horses I trained. 

Trials 2 February 2015

We had almost 50 horses trial on Monday at Randwick spread out over 24 trials and a big percentage of the Tulloch Lodge residents trialled really well.  

Ban the Cyclists

Before I dive into the positives, I need to quickly address two issues that are ‘grinding my gears.’  

No Long Weekend for the Star of the Day

While most in Australia were enjoying a little time off work,the team at Tulloch Lodge, both of the equine and human variety were working hard. 

Karaka Premier Sale 2015

My recent purchases at the Karaka Sale 2015 

Wonderful Wyong

The team trundled up the road to Wyong on Thursday and as well as the winning double, every horse that got on the float indeed ran well. 

Countryman Back to the Winner's Circle

After a nice little freshen up, and a trial in which he beat a smart stablemate, I felt he would be spot on and extremely hard to beat at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. 

Another Al breaks his duck

All Al Maher’s three Group One winners have been trained by his former trainer Gai Waterhouse. 

A busy little period

Trackwork this week has been hectic with many of the better horses starting to come back in, and plenty of babies really starting to take the next step.  

No Surprise to us...Valediction

On Wednesday at Sandown on the flat under the burden of 61.5kg with no claim, the former Kiwi looked more like Might And Power than an honest hurdler! 

A Quick Hello

Just a quick hello today to mention some nice trials that took place out at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday. 

Spurtonic Returns to the Winner's Circle

The son of Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur Spurtonic (Flying Spur x Platonic) continued Gai’s great run at the Magic Millions race day. 

Magic Millions Done and Dusted For Another Year

Well it is over for another year. There really is nothing like the Magic Millions.  

Slip Slop Slap

I thought I best share with you a lovely moment from earlier today between journo and trainer.  

It's All Happening

Ahoy

Triple Treat on Saturday

It was really a girls day with two fillies and one mare taking the chocolates.  

Kali Francois

Look out Australia! American apprentice Kali Francois has hit the sunburnt land and her first point of call… Tulloch Lodge of course. 

2014

The Gosford Double

The stable was back in form on Monday with a great double at Gosford. 

My Little Friend.

Get 'em in early I say

Sophia is by a football star and out of a Waterhouse. She has sport on both sides of her pedigree chart and she certainly loves her horse’s.  

Its Christmas Time Again

Ho Ho Ho. It is that time of the year again.  

Gai's Glory

Balance

When you have a sports mad husband like I do, and a sports mad son, as I also do, you pick up a few things over the years that you may not have taken any notice of. 

Almost As Funny As Can Be

Like an explorer, I've actually gone out, and found some posh Aussies! Yes, such creatures are alive and well on our globe!! 

Zabeel

In our most recent publication of Gai’s Gazette there is a feature article about the great sire Zabeel now that he has retired. 

A Day on Placement at Gai Waterhouse Racing

An email from Caroline Walsh about her Darley Flying Start placement with us... 

A Bit Of Everything

There are some things you would only see in America. I had to have a giggle to myself when I saw this sign yesterday… 

Surprise Surprise

A Very New York Evening

Woody Allen makes the clarinet speak like his actresses do in all the movies he's made 

Not Impressed

Omen Bets

T.J. Had A Phone

Pornichet

The Week That Was

As The Days Go By

Derby Day

Cox Plate Weekend

Another Double

On The Ferry

Eventful Weekend

Excess Knowledge

Lovely Letters

While all the talk is about Caulfield, there are still plenty of other things happening between NSW and Melbourne 

Abbey Road

Looking Sharp

Kenso Treble

Forever Loved

Epsom Day 2014

Pharaoh

Lovely Correspondence

Opening Day

The Spring

A morning with Gai

Trials

60

Confederate Wins on Debut

Confederate (Charge Forward x Expect to Win) may well be the best named horse going around at the minute. The Confederate States better known as the Confederacy were the group of seven American states that allowed slavery in the mid-19th century. 

Stayers' Package 2014 Quinella The Premier's Cup

It is always special to train a city quinella, but it is exceptionally nice when it is in a Listed race with two really nice staying types. 

Weekend Blog

Echo Gal Canterbury

On Wednesday at Canterbury the tenacious three-year-old filly Echo Gal (Stratum x Pink Siris) returned to the Winner’s Circle 

Not So Laidback Larry

Max Lees Medal

I was truly chuffed to learn yesterday that I had won the Max Lees medal 

The Bald Archies

Baby Sophia & Some Exciting Prospects

I must say, I really do love this shot of The Lady Trainer and Baby Sophia in a moment of Grandmother Bliss. It is a perfect photo… 

Yearlings in Training - July 2014

This video presents 3 yearlings in training at Gai Waterhouse Racing, all of whom turn two on 1st August : a colt by Northern Meteor x Conquistar and the two fillies, Street Cry x Sashenka and Fastnet Rock x Temple of Peace. 

TRIALS 27th June 2014 - Randwick Racecourse

The trials are the most wonderful idea employed by Australian racing for the simple reason that it offers us the opportunity to test horses in real racing conditions. 

Gai's Stallions

Where is the best place to find a stallion? It has to be Tulloch Lodge of course. Gai has trained 23 horses to date that have gone on to have stud careers. 

Koala Sighting in Bowral

We were visiting down in the beautiful Southern Highlands recently. Of course, husband Rob couldn’t miss his usual daily jog! While my darling one was out and about on the bush trails, he spotted a koala perched high up in a tree. 

Guitarist Breaks His Maiden

The bold front running gelding Guitarist (Savabeel x Midnight Rock) is a maiden no longer after a sensational win in Newcastle on Saturday. 

Royal Ascot Memories

My great mate from school Barbara Auswild joined Rob and I at Royal Ascot this year. 

Pajaro Cruises to an Easy Victory in the Significant Stakes

The talented former Kiwi gelding Pajaro (Align x Astuto) continued his good form in Australia on Saturday with a very dominant win in the Significant Stakes at Rosehill. 

Bonfire Fires Up the Competition in Australian Trial Debut

After a 37 weeks spell, the striking bay gelding Bonfire (Manduro x Night Frolic) has awoken from his summer slumber and he did this with a brilliant barrier trial today at Randwick. 

Boom & RTR Are Off the Mark

Several years ago, I met young Bruce Slade in his native New Zealand. I was just so impressed with this young man and what he was doing, that I offered him a job on the spot. 

NSW Over The Weekend

My Group One Season

Might as Well Jump!

I may be on the other side of the world, but I still managed to tune into the jumps races at Bendigo on Sunday. 

Rob's Thoughts on Royal Randwick

My learned husband’s thoughts on Royal Randwick… 

Horses & Millinery. A Heavenly Combination!

One of the most consistent horses that I train, the striking Sweet Idea (Snitzel x Flidais) is back in the stable. But wait… now there are two! 

Two More Lovely Notes

10 Runners - 4 Winners, 3 Seconds & 1 third

What a day! Stradbroke Day 2014 was a very memorable day, not just for the Lady Trainer, but for Tommy Berry and three sets of very happy connections. 

Gai's Blog 6-6-2014

Last Sunday Crewy aka Mr John Alan Brady celebrated his 61st year at Tulloch Lodge. Yep… 61 years at the same place of employment. 

Gai's Blog 5-6-14

Wednesday has just passed and I couldn’t help but reflect back on an article I read last week. 

Gai's Blog 3-6-14

Guy Walter has passed and I was told his memorial service was one of the most moving anyone had ever been to. 

Welcome to the World Sophia Edie

All the ladies kept telling me about Grand-motherhood. Darling Rose was born 14 months ago and she dances around and makes life ever so sweet. Now Rose has a little cousin 

Auction Winners: Sunday at the Stables Experience

Some lucky auction winners relate their Sunday at the Stables experience 

PETER PAN SALE 2014

A wonderful thank you letter

I just love happy owners! 

Wonderful Warrnambool

Well Warrnambool has come and gone again for another year. The Warrnambool trip for the Lady Trainer consists of three days of great racing, many trips to and from Port Fairy, lovely dinners each night with friends, hair appointments, shopping and plenty of smiles. 

A Little Bit of Everything

No boys and girls, the Lady Trainer has not gone mad and been locked up, but it has been a while since I took to the pen for my blog which I still love to do. The Sydney Autumn Carnival with the Inglis Easter Sales and everything that goes with both just keeps me so busy. 

Thank You Note

I just love getting lovely thank you notes like the one from Ray Pell 

Jumps Winner

Kate's Baby Shower

The Slipper Loomes

The Golden Slipper is almost upon us, and despite the stable chances having dwindled somewhat we are still alive and still have some live chances. 

MONA

Art is what you don’t expect. I certainly did not expect a professional punter to put his money into what is the largest privately funded museum in the southern hemisphere. 

Fiorente Wins the Australian Cup

Up until Saturday the Australian Cup had always eluded me. 

I might need a neck brace too

Now a lot of you will know all too well that the Lady Trainer does spend a fair percentage of her time on the old phone. 

Chris Parnham's Feedback on week 1 at Tulloch Lodge

Young Chris Parnham, the West Australia wiz-kid left me the below note on Wednesday. 

On the Board

Valediction's jumping career starts well 

For a Great Read

Get Them in Early

Gai's Blog 28 January, 2014

Obituary - Commmon Sense 

My Percy Sykes Blog Sunday 26 January 2014

In memory of the late great Percy Sykes 

Blog 24 January 2014

Carlton House

How about the exhibition gallop of Carlton House (Street Cry x Talented) 

Happy Owners

It was smiles all round for owners Nick and Amy Vass. 

Gai’s Blog 8 January 2014

I'm back from abroad and feeling refreshed up at Magic Millions 

More Blogging

2013

Watching From Afar

Gai In Israel

The Blog 

latest Blog

Latest Gai's Blog

Gai Denies The Rumours 

Travolta Dances Up A Storm

Maybe WA Bound? 

Queensland Stud Tour

We are finding great things up North 

The Offer Wins!

Performance Stamps Him a Cup Horse 

When Harry Met Sally...sorry Gai

A lovely letter from a keen teen 

Gai's New Blog

My Trip Down South of NSW 

What A Whirlwind Time

I'm Back From Melbourne 

Tears Of Joy On Many Levels

This Is Soooooo Touching. Thank You! 

Well Wishes For The Cup

Many Of Our Faithful Express Their Thoughts 

Fiorente and the Cup

Can This Horse Finally Win For Us? 

Spurred To Great Success

Owners Over The Moon By Race Result And Gai's Treatment 

Happy Owners Report In

We Love To Win With You 

Gai's Blog

The Lady Trainer's Thoughts - with Zeb Armstrong 

Theseo is Back......Woo Hoo

He might be a 10 year old...but he feels like a spring chicken. Check him out.... 

Theseo Back In Business

He was born 10 years ago....and look at how young he feels today! 

Melbourne Spring Update

It's Hectic - People Everywhere - But We Are Firing  

Summer Fashion Fair

The Peter Pan Opportunity Committee are about to hole their "Summer Fashion Fair" in aid of Barnardos Australia. 

Living The Dream

So much has been happening; so much in fact that I have not had my blog pen anywhere near my hand for some time. I have been writing, but mostly just ticking off on acceptances, nominations and the odd book signing. But the Lady Trainer does not forget and as soon as I got a second I was onto my blog man Zeb and here we are. I must admit the constant travel between Melbourne and Sydney is almost a fulltime job and it is exhausting. The other morning at Randwick, I was watching the horses and had to ask someone what day it was! But things are ticking along beautifully and the good runs and winners are starting to come in droves and I couldn’t be happier. 

Gai Waterhouse & Star Thoroughbreds New Zealand Racing Tour

Below is a link to a flyer for the Gai Waterhouse and Star Thoroughbreds New Zealand Racing Tour. 

2 Year Old Trial Round Up

What a day it was on Monday, with 18 two year olds having their first trial.  

Star Thoroughbreds Purchase Lot 26 at MM Ready to Run Sale

I have been with Denise who purchased a cracking Casino Prince colt at the Magic Millions Ready To Run Sale here at the Gold Coast. 

Melbourne Cup Start for Round Table Racing and Tres Blue

Round Table Racing Director Bruce Slade announced today that his new company has completed the purchase of 2013 Melbourne Cup bound Tres Blue. 

Inside Nature's Giants - The Racehorse

'Inside Nature's Giants - The Racehorse' is a documentary which focuses on the anatomical mechanisms that make these majestic animals elite athletes. 

Babies Heading into Battle

Monday 23rd September is the date etched into the minds’ of many owners with horses residing at Tulloch Lodge. 

A few Photos From the Weekend

What a weekend... Here is a selection of the Lady Trainer's movements. 

Hat Woman

Some headwear options for the spring... 

Some Lovely Letters

Here are some lovely notes I received from Emily Scott & Camilla Whishaw, two Darley Flying Start trainees (2012-2014) who visited my stable last week. 

Gai's Blog - Friday 6th August, 2013

The Melbourne spring is here again and I am coming to you live from fabulous Flemington. 

Ecuador Cruises Home to Win at Canterbury

Ecuador was most impressive at Wyong on Wednesday and clearly has a huge spring campaign ahead. 

Good Luck Aiden!

Here is a lovely note I received from stable hand Aiden. 

Barry Campbell Inducted into theTasmanian Hall of Fame

I was so delighted to learn that premier Tasmanian trainer Barry Campbell was inducted into the Tasmanian Hall Of Fame at the Annual State Awards on Friday evening. 

Pierro Shines at Coolmore's Stallion Parade

A few pictures from the Coolmore stallion parade in the Hunter Valley last Saturday. 

NSW Racing: Integrity is Everything

Recent strikes in the NSW Racing Forensic Laboratories. 

Gai's Blog - Monday 19th August, 2013

Well I am walking home singing one of my favourite songs (insert the Lady Trainer’s near perfect harmonies here). I just love Dusty, and no I am not a closet Queen, but I simply love her words and the accompanying music... 

The finest food at Alu Alu Cafe

An exquisit cafe in Malaysia, Alu Alu Cafe, has been rated the Top Choice Seafood Restaurant in KK City Centre by Lonely Planet. 

Kate & Luke on Their Travels

An update from Kate and Luke on their holiday in Europe 

Gai's Blog - Sunday 5th August, 2013

Gai's Blog - Sunday 5th August August 

KATEWATERHOUSE.COM

Kate and Luke are enjoying themselves, holidaying in France. While she is away she is keeping us all abreast on the latest fashion through her website www.katewaterhouse.com  

The Genie

A guy is walking along a beach when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand. He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub. A Genie appears and tells him he has been granted one wish. 

Kingsley Klarion

The best horse racing magazine published in the UK is without doubt the ‘Kingsley Klarion’ produced by Mark Johnston. Mark is a brilliant horseman, a qualified veterinarian and he is one of Britain’s leading trainers. Below is an article taken from Mark’s publication that I found most amusing, entertaining and informative, interviewing previous Tulloch Lodge owner Chris Wright. 

Four Is Always Better Than Three

Last Saturday I was thrilled to have trained a treble at Warwick Farm. It was my first meeting back from my European holiday and I could not have been happier with my team and how they had the horses looking when I arrived home. All the horses were fit, healthy and happy. Mel, Mark and John did a magnificent job and a treble was the reward. 

Replace Function

Christian Site's Ban on 'G' Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics The American Family Association obviously didn't foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word "gay" with "homosexual" on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow  

Gai's Blog Tuesday 16th July

I am back at my favourite place in the world, the wonderful Tulloch Lodge. I was talking to Crewy, a fantastic bloke who has been with me and my father for 55 years. Crewy straps horses and he has a marvellous memory and loves his history. He told me that he had not strapped a double since Red Hannigan and Swiss Echo. 

Gai's Blog Friday 12th July

If rest and leisurely time is what you want then you cannot beat Gayana Eco Resort, an exotic resort on the tropical Island of Gaya in the Malaysian provence of Sabah.  

School: 1945 vs 2012

Scenario : Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school. 1945 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. 2012 - Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programmes for 3 months. School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.  

Gai's Blog Monday 24th June

Greetings from Royal Ascot, but why don’t we start at Randwick and the magnificent win of Northern Glory (Northern Meteor x Cliantha). The spectacle that was the Saturday races in Sydney was only seen for a short time. 

Gai's Blog Wednesday 12th June

Get your tracking devices out because the Lady Trainer and my darling one are on the move again. Our trip this June is essential; the 2am start’s for the majority of the year are both physically and mentally draining. The last few weeks especially, have jaded me enormously. While away, I can do as TJ use to say ‘see the trees from the forest.’  

Gai's Blog Friday 24th May 2013

It was a real treat to visit George Altomonte at his beautiful Corumbene Stud nestled in the country side next to the wonderful town of Dunedoo on Monday. George is one of the best boutique breeders in all of Australia; 

Gai's Blog Wednesday 15th May 2013

I have had the most delightful 24 hours away. I was picked up by my darling one and we linked up with good friend Joss Hawthorn and drove to the Blue Mountains. 

Gai's Blog Wednesday 2nd May 2013

Port Fairy, Oscars Waterfront, Trimity Hair Design and Bella Claire Café. They are the destinations of choice for the Lady Trainer, Lea & Bruce and tour guide Zeb Armstrong. 

Gai's Blog Thursday 25th April 2013

The week has escaped. Actually so has the month and the year. Where is life going? I was lucky to spend some wonderful time with little Rose yesterday. 

Gai's Blog Tuesday 16th April

The jury is out on the new Grandstand at Randwick. Everyone agrees a stand needed to be built; the racecourse was tired and worn out and it definitely needed a revamp. 

Gai's Blog Monday 10th April 2013

There were some interesting horses passed under the hammer today at the Inglis Sales. Lot 1 was a standout; she looked like a ready-made two-year-old. 

Gai's Blog Tuesday 26th March 2013

'''Miss Stellabelle''' (Dehere x Sam's Belle) was Mark Newnham’s best of the morning. 

Gai's Blog Wednesday 20th March 2013

What a sensational day for the Tulloch Lodge horses at Newcastle. Every horse that got on the float ran really well. 

Gai's Blog Monday 18th March 2013

As well as the stand outs at trackwork on Monday morning that were mentioned in the gallops report, a few others really caught my eye.  

Gai's Blog Friday 15th March 2013

Very excited. I have my first granddaughter dinner guest tonight. Hoda and Rose are coming over tonight as Tom is in Melbourne.  

Gai's Blog 12th March 2013

I was most impressed with the win of Star Thoroughbreds '''Whittington''' (Tale of the Cat x Maha Chakri) in the Lonhro Plate on Saturday.  

Gai's Blog Tuesday 5th March 2013

Gran, Granny Gran Gran, Grandmother, Ma, Nana, are just some of the names I can be now known as. Rob’s favourite is Gai GG.  

Gai's Blog Monday 4th March 2013

Hello Hello. No I have not vanished into thin air, I am still here and have been working hard on my team both of the four and two legged variety. 

Gai's Blog Tuesday 19th February 2013

I was just given a walking tour through the new grand stand at Royal Randwick yesterday. 

Gai's Blog Friday 15th February

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. And I didn’t even know! I think it was Sophie who mentioned it. Maybe it is because I couldn’t be busier.  

Gai's Blog Thursday 14th February

What a day Lea, Astrid Woods and I had at Mornington yesterday. No, we didn’t come away with the cash or the cup, but it certainly was a great day out at the races.  

Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller Autumn Golf Classic

Gai Waterhouse Racing in conjunction with Chris Waller Racing is pleased to announce our involvement supporting the Sydney Children's Hospital Network and the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation by hosting the Autumn Golf Classic.  

Gai's Blog Tuesday 12th February

A day in the life of the Lady Trainer, you should have been there.  

Gai's Blog Thursday 7th February

I really don’t know where racing is heading in this state. The latest mind bending decision handed down from the top involves owners and trainers having to pay an additional cost of $70 

A night at David Jones

Such a fab night at the David Jones Autun/Winter Launch  

Gai's Blog Sunday 3rd February 2013

A few things have been catching my attention lately. Why do we have the races at Warwick Farm every second Saturday? Last Saturday due to an accident, the traffic was so backed up that it took an extra hour to get to Warwick Farm. The rubber necks were out in force; they all were happy to drive very slowly and have a look at the misfortune of the poor people who were involved in the accident. 

Gai's Blog Friday 1st February 2013

My darling husband has been suffering through another sale. He moves around with the group and never complains, and never says boo. He is a calming influence that has a wonderfully objective view. Rob also individually prices every single lot in the sale and he is very rarely wrong. It takes him about three hours to do this, but it is just so valuable to know what to expect from the bidding. He never ceases to amaze me the quiet bookie! 

Gai's Blog Tuesday 29th January 2013

Well I had a busy day Friday with Apollo Ng from Hong Kong, who came to the stables for a look around and to visit some of his horses.  

Gai's Blog Thursday 24th January 2013

No, I am not living under a rock, I have just been very industrious in regards to my work at my favourite spot, the yards at Randwick. I have been cracking the whip and being very hands on.  

Gai's blog Friday (19/1)

Everyone is talking. It is the hottest day ever in Sydney; 45 here, 47 there. But we are the Sunburnt Country and according to the poem, these weather extremes are just part of being an Aussie. 

Gai's Blog Thursday (10/1)

It was big day yesterday at the Magic Millions sales for the Lady Trainer 

Gai's Blog Thursday (4/01)

MAGIC MILLIONS. ... 

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Gai's Blog Thursday (28/12)

What Chris Waller had to say about the Summer Cup in The ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (24/12)

Christmas time. Ho Ho Ho. It is a mad crazy ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (21/12)

It is great to be back. We landed yesterday and already the holiday seems like a distant memory. I have quickly reacquainted myself with the horses as well as the new staff members that have been employed while I was away. There are a few new girls ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (19/12)

America. Fine if you are rich, but if you are poor or ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (13/12)

Our time in Aspen is drawing to a close; it really is a special place. The snow seems to bring everyone together, all shapes and sizes love to ski. 

Gai's Blog Saturday (8/12)

With all the two-year-old trials coming up, we have plenty that are ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (11/12)

Power Broker (Zabeel x Power And Grace) had the most satisfying win at Hawkesbury. We purchased him at the sales in New Zealand, and at first he was the type you would walk past and never think of again. 

Gai's Blog Friday (7/12)

Moving on, moving on. Cowboy and Indian country, the ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (04/12)

Article ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (4/12)

Where do I start? Who should I mention first? Well, I may ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (3/12)

I have had a super day with my lovely husband exploring ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (30/11)

Hello all. We will run through the best of the ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (29/11)

While the temperature is rising back ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (28/11)

Our barrier man, James Meurer is off to see Wesley Ward, who is currently in ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (27/11)

New York, New York. This really is the most ... 

Gai's Blog - 26/11

Certitude ... 

Gai's Blog - 16/11

Heading back to Sydney, and the Hunter is disappearing into the distance. We ... 

Gai's Blog - Thursday 15/11

On the road again! This time through the Hunter Valley searching for next ... 

Gai's Blog - Wednesday 31/10

It is hard to find time to blog; to download my thoughts. Many people are surprised by just how hands on I am when it comes to training, but that is ... 

Gai's Blog - Monday 29/10

I am walking off beat! Or maybe I am just exhausted! Without my cat naps I ... 

Gai's Blog - Sunday 28/10

Well the Plate is definitely not on my mantel piece. Full credit to Ocean Park and his trainer ... 

Gai's Blog - Saturday 27/10

Well I am back to the apartment in Melbourne after a quick trip to Sydney to ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday 25/10

The classic film Around the World in ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (18/10)

Does everyone remember the Children's Cartoon ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (15/10)

The dust has settled. Well not really, there has been a sand storm! One ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (10/10)

INTERVIEW INTERVIEW! Read all about it! I'm hoarse, pardon ... 

Gai's Blog Sunday (7/10)

Magic Millions has pulled off a miraculous coup in attaining the beautiful and elegant Zara ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (18/7)

We're having a ball here in Istanbul. The place is great, the people are fantastic and it's so much fun. ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (9/7)

Paris is a joy. Outside of the wedding it's been the highlight ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (6/7)

The past couple of days at Randwick have been cold and rainy but the show goes on and the team has been out in force. ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (3/7)

The main topic of discussion over the past few days has been Kate and Luke's nuptials, and as the mother of the bride, I must say it was one of the most delightful occasions I've ever experienced. I know Rob ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (29/6)

It was a quiet morning at Randwick today with no gallopers. A number of yearlings visited the jump outs including the Northern Meteor x Makarova colt who senior rider Stephen ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (25/6)

Much has happened since I last put pen to paper. The bridal party has almost assembled. We are yet to see all the faces on the beach but ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (14/6)

Wow it's been another busy day! I must say I'm absolutely over the moon with how my dress is looking. That Alex Perry is a master ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (12/6)

It feels like I've been to Bourke and back, as there is so much going on with my departure overseas next week, and of course the pending ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (8/6)

Boarding the plane and we are on the road again, this time to Brisbane. Two Group 1's and a Group 2 we are trying to snare tomorrow and what excellent ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (31/5)

It was nice to see A Little Prayer (Rock of Gibraltar x Dearness) win today. She has made great improvement from her last ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (30/5)

It's been another extremely busy day which as usual began at the track where everything went extremely well although quite sloppy out in the middle. I asked Mick ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (29/5)

One of the most amusing things about working with twins is that you soon realise that they play some games with the people around them, and sometimes ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (28/5)

It was an absolutely fabulous, fun filled Sunday. I know you think it was at the stables as it normally is. Yesterday Rob and I had the pleasure of hosting Kate's kitchen tea, a high tea celebration. It was a group ... 

Gai's Weekend Blog (20/5)

I ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (21/5)

Terrific morning at Randwick Trials today which started at 8am. Damo and I were quickly off to All Press for a coffee and soft boiled eggs, lashings of butter salt & ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (18/5)

Well done to John Warren and Harry Herbert from Highclere Thoroughbreds who have syndicated the Dante Stakes winner Bonfire overnight. ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (11/5)

It seems summer has come at last. Well Damien tells me that only three days have been hotter during summer than the past couple of days. It really has been blissful ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (10/5)

It's been quite a varied and interesting day. I think most of my days are pretty varied and it's one of the great pleasures in being a horse trainer. I'm out and ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (9/5)

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Gai's Blog Monday (7/5)

Rob held his second Bill Whitaker awards at Drink Better Wine where about eight devotees attended. There was a table of jockeys there headed by "Mr Boney Maroney" ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (3/5)

I had a really pleasant lunch today with young Jenny Moses, the wife of horse trainer Kevin. We get on very well, we have great admiration of each other and she is ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (2/5)

It was a great win today at Canterbury by the filly Sherocksmyworld (Fastnet Rock x Solvini). She used up a bit of petrol ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (30/4)

This morning a few horses really caught the eye. So Symbolic (Dehere x Quest for Love) pleased Nathan Berry whom I told ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (27/4)

Much debate has been made on whether the carnival should stay how it is or be compressed like it was a few years ago. I think Peter Laurence's arguments about keeping ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (20/4)

Some of you may be thinking of building an ark to head to Randwick on Saturday but there may be no need to. I was having sambos by the pool with Greg and Donna ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (18/4)

I had to giggle when I read learned racing journalist Max Presnell's piece the other day and he commented about the lady trainer wearing a Stetson (cowboy hat). Now ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (17/4)

The Jolly Roger was not flying for nothing outside Tulloch Lodge on Friday. Pierro (Lonhro x Miss Right Note) blew his ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (13/4)

There's a meeting on today at Canterbury but would any of you be aware that it's on? You could fire a cannon through the place and you'd be flat out touching a soul. ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (10/4)

Saturday was a day out, that's for sure. The sun was out, there were people aplenty and the stable enjoyed some great success including the big one, The Golden ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (3/4)

Busy, busy, busy. the word of the week. After a fabulous weekend that saw Laser Hawk win the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas at only his fifth race start, Niagara defeat the older horses horses in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes and ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (30/3)

Nash was whisked over to Hawkesbury today when Singo came and picked him up in the centre of Randwick in his helicopter while I was having sambos by the pool with the ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (30/3)

Oh what a hectic week it's been but it's also been very productive. I couldn't be happier with my team and how we are motoring along. They're focused and determined ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (27/3)

The racing youth of England seem ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (27/3)

I'm absolutely annoyed at the furore that has tried to be "whipped" up over the jockeys' use of the whip or, better said, padded crop. The concern the ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (23/3)

How sensationally is young Tom Berry riding at the moment? In the Inglis bonus Albury Guineas Fat Al (Al Maher x Fatoon) ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (21/3)

Rob was up early this morning preparing for today's ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (22/3)

Today has been a bit of a different one for me as I flew up to ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (20/3)

It was great to see the carnival kick off at Bondi Beach yesterday. From there and in a twinkle of a flash, thanks to Damien, the lady trainer was at Chiswick's in ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (16/3)

It's been a busy day. I got back from the stud farms last night and had a wonderful dinner with my neighbours. Actually speaking of my neighbours, within five minutes ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (13/3)

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Gai's Blog Friday (9/3)

What a glorious day, especially after all the typhoon like conditions we've had over the past few days. It's almost like we're on another planet! ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (7/3)

What a debacle at Randwick ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (6/3)

What fun I've had in regards to my sneakers. I was even to the point of trying on a Mui Mui designer pair after the in-store David Jones Autumn & Winter Parade. ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (5/3)

Well I had to laugh when the only thing Racing Confidential could write about yesterday was about the lady trainers dress sense, or lack there of. You would have ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (1/3)

The ATC have decided to raise barrier trial fees by $20 to $170 hitting the owners and trainers where it hurts. Don't you think it's a little inconsiderate especially ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (1/3)

50 years is a long time in anyone's life, some never get to it. But Pauline Blanch was my father's secretary and her father Bob Curran was foreman at Tulloch Lodge ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (27/2)

Forward Love pleased senior rider Neville Auld. He said the mare is ticking over nicely. She has been most consistent and is well placed on ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday, 22/2)

I'm back on the road again. It's a bit ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (17/2)

What a busy old week to say the least, around the world in eighty days. Well maybe not but it sure feels like it! But it's that time of year and if you're not busy now, you'll never be. ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (16/2)

It was a delight to see Tom Berry boot home two winners today. The first was the home bred for my best mate Lea and a group of her friends who only a couple of weeks ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (15/2)

I'm back at long last and ready to rock and roll with my blog. Where have I been, you might ask? Well I've been from ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (10/2)

Last night was a very special night as Grandpa Bill celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by friends, associates and family who love and admire this ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (13/2)

Another week, another trip to the sales. This time we're over in Perth for their Magic Millions sales. The day has got the better of me again but I couldn't let it go ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (8/2)

Boy have I had another few busy days. The year is tearing by and I can see Kate and Luke's wedding upon us in no time at all. Yesterday was a day packed from top to ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (7/2)

What a shambles on Saturday when the races had to be cancelled due to the state of the track and the wet weather after constant and persistent rain had fallen over ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (2/2)

I've realised I neglected to mention the passing of one of Australia's great breeders, Lloyd Foyster ( ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (31/1)

Rob, Charlotte and I are sitting in the Qantas lounge waiting for our flight home. It's been a hectic few days in Auckland attending New Zealand's premier sales. For ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (30/1)

The Karaka sales have commenced and they've been a bit of a roller ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (26/1)

It surprised me when I looked at race three at Warwick Farm on Australia Day and there were 10 scratchings which left only two runners. If the ATC was a privately owned company I don't think something like that would happen. When a trainer rings ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (27/1)

It surprised me when I looked at race three at Warwick Farm on Australia Day and there were 10 scratchings which left only two runners. If the ATC was a privately owned company I don't think something like that would happen. When a ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (18/1)

Back on the road again but this time it's just a short visit to the Inglis yard to inspect some yearlings for the Inglis Classic sale next week. I've been up at the pool to watch my horses walk and swim, met up with Lea for a ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (17/1)

With all the money that's going to be spent on Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm on the stands and tracks etcetera etcetera, I'm lead to believe that not one penny will be spent on Canterbury. It will remain in a ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (5/1)

I was ... 

Gai Blog Tuesday (3/1)

Yesterday Warwick Farm played a fast track and there were cries of protest from trainers including young ... 

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Gai's Blog Thursday (22/12)

The most consistent performer of this week has been Mark Newnhams young son James, who's been up at the crack of dawn assisting me, his father and other jockeys with the gallops. I love seeing young people getting involved in racing ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (20/12)

Two days back at track work from my holiday and it feels like I've never left. However I say that in a good way as it's been nice and busy, and been great catching up with all the team. Both people and horses! Stand ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (16/12)

Back in the land down under! What a few weeks we've had with many highs and the odd low. The good news is that Tom messaged me this morning to let me know that his darling wife Hoda is progressing fabulously. He said to thank everyone ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (14/12)

At least it stopped raining but there was still a brisk chill in the air as the team went through their paces at track work this morning. Neil Paine tells me that Battant (Flying Spur x Snipify) has come through his ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (13/12)

"Pooh Bear" looking for honey. Yesterday was a sad day for all of us here as Tom's darling ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (12/12)

It's amazing how time can get away from you when you're holidaying and gallivanting about and that's exactly what's happened today. I'll have to fill you in on the past few days tomorrow but I've still got the time ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (9/12)

Phew, life in Aspen has been quite hectic over the past couple of days. Our gorgeous girl turned a mere 28 yesterday and we celebrated in fine fashion starting with a candle in her porridge at breakfast before Kate, Luke, Rob and I hit the ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (7/12)

Another chilly day here in Aspen (-16) but that didn't stop the Waterhouse clan from being up and about at 9.30am to hit the slopes. Tom, ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (5/12)

The week commenced with a cold one at Randwick this morning. Yesterday Steve Dennett messaged me saying it was such a beautiful morning but it quickly turned grey and blustery and this morning was a bit like winter as the ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (29/11)

This morning as the sun rose, so did Rob, Kate and I as we had an important engagement at Time Square at the entertainment TV channel VH1. Jason Dundas is co host of The Big Morning Buzz and he invited the ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (11/11)

Four thirty in the afternoon and I am sitting quietly, blogging with Charlotte in my favourite place Valonz, as Keiren ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (10/11)

Oh it's great to be back, I always say that when I return home. Boy there are a lot of fresh faces in town. Young riders from all over the world getting up on the horses this morning. Working well Steve, Neville, Tim, Ranjeet, Richard ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 1/11)

Cup day dawn is grey and a bit chilli and there are some major decisions to be made. Do I wear something comfortable, practical and warm or the dress which has been hanging up in the wardrobe for the last two weeks waiting for today. ... 

Gai's Blog Wednesday (26/10)

Today I have my runners on as it's Bendigo Cup ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 24/10)

Driefontein (Fastnet Rock) and Kuchinskaya (Red Dazzler) had ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (21/10)

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Gai's Blog (Thursday 20/10)

I'm sitting in ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 13/10)

Reuben Percival (Al Akbar x Yachting Magic) dropped me a line this ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 12/10)

It was a grey rather chilly morning, the horizon dotted with helium filled balloons floating above us at our Flemington base. Bruce, Lea and I trekked ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 11/10)

I am on the road coming back from Flemington and ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 10/10)

Back at Randwick this morning and what a glorious one it was as the moon hovered above our herd of jockeys and riders. Lending a hand was apprentice Michael Grantham who is on loan to Chris Waller from his Perth home. He's ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 7/10)

This morning I had a nice chat with veterinarian Ross Teitzel. I have more spare time on my hands between gallopers down here at track work as it takes just as long to work the dozen I have in ... 

Gai's Blog (Friday, 30/9)

Getting ready for the big races is as much about endurance for the trainers and staff as it is for the horses. Everyone is focused on one thing and that is winning Group Ones. Once ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 29/9)

It was great catching up with my daughter Kate last night. Luke had a function to go to, so over she came. Kate, Robbie and I have always got on very well and last night her upcoming wedding ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday, 28/9)

It never ceases to amaze me how race clubs think so little of their patrons. Like Canterbury. The employees have the best area to park, which is fine, but I learnt early in the piece that the ... 

Gai's Blog (Friday, 23/9)

It was such a glorious morning at home base. About four months ago the ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 21/9)

Well I totally misjudged the weather today for Warwick Farm. This morning I thought there was a wicked breeze shooting through and I felt cold, ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 20/9)

My husband has dubbed me the clock as one of my arms is long and the other is short and that's because my right arm is in a ... 

Gai's Blog (Friday, 16/9)

I can't understand why the members of the ATC have not got their members badges yet. Is it that hard to organise it? The Randwick stand's tottering roof has been going ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (15/9)

A very exciting day at the Newcastle Cup. It is one of those wonderful races I've enjoyed ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 7/9)

My husband loves to play practical jokes on yours truly. Last night Kate and Luke called over for dinner. Kate brought Dad her father's day present. Some CD's, knowing ... 

Gai's Blog Monday

Cape City Flyer ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (2/9)

I have been on the skids for the last 48 hours, consequently you haven't heard from me. I have had my nose to the grindstone with the horses and Tulloch ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 31/8)

Yet another glorious morning - boy am I having fun at Randwick . Even in ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (30/8)

We trainers at Randwick are in many ways very ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 26/8)

I am sitting at downtown Warwick Farm, Sydney's central track in the heart of Sydney. But do the ATC realize that? I fear not. Most on the committee don't like the idea of ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 24/8)

Tuesday was a blur - so busy I didn't get time to put pen to paper. But the best of that morning's gallops included Precious Villa , which has come through his trial well. He ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 22/8)

The death of leading rails bookmaker Harry Barrett was sadly mourned at his funeral service last week. Harry's passing is another nail in coffin of the bookmaking ranks, which are ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 19/8)

A monster day today. It is always big ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 17/8)

A great day at the office with three winners for the stable at Randwick on a heavy Kensington track on ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 18/8)

A busy day at the office on Thursday,but aren't they all. It became remarkably cold at trackwork this morning, a breeze came and it was sharp. Whenever it is like that I always message Rob ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 16/8)

You heard nothing from me yesterday as I had my head down and bottom up - always a good position for a trainer. There is much ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 10/8)

The talk of Canterbury today is how the ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 9/8)

Sunday at the stables was a mixture of owners and successful charity auction recipients. Every Sunday the stable is full of interesting people who may ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 8/8)

Oh what a weekend, the races at ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (5/8)

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Gai's Blog (Thursday 4/8)

What a crazy day yesterday. Started simple enough, went to the track, came home, had a sleep, off to ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (2/8)

It is the last day in ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (29/7)

The end of a busy week, for that matter, I can't believe it is Friday. Only 24 hours ago it seemed we were starting on Monday. Do you have weeks like that? They say time flies ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 27/7)

It is so good to see Damien Oliver riding at ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 26/7)

City of ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 25/7)

It was a most interesting weekend. At Warwick Farm, Essence of Success (Encosta de Lago) was an absolute star. Max Presnell in today's herald spoke about the wonderful strike ... 

Gai's Blog (Friday 22/7)

The rain continues. It was quite amazing speaking to Andrew Baddock yesterday of Gooree Stud who said there hasn't been a drop out west. We have had enough to ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (21/7)

If yesterday was bad at the track, today was atrocious. Not that I knew because I was heading to the airport, with the weather being more like a monsoon. David Jones ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 20/7)

Well anyone who got up this morning and came to the track deserves a medal. The conditions were atrocious. As the jockeys said, their faces were sore from ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (18/7)

It is starting to hot up, all the good horses are in. I was speaking to prominent owner Rupert Legh who has recently had the pleasure of having a good horse race in QLD called ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (15/7)

What an emotional week with dear Robyn's father being buried yesterday and today one of my true blue troops Lofty (Brett Killion) departs to take on the role of assistant ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (14/7)

Maurie Hartney was put to rest by his family and friends today at Christ the King Catholic Church, Bass Hill. It was one of the most moving ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 13/7)

A trip to Warwick Farm today and it certainly surprised Damien and me how many people were there at the midweek meeting, and of course, it's school ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (12/7)

Too much ... 

Gai's Blog Monday (11/7)

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Gai's Blog Friday (8/7)

I am back and yes, ready for another spell. Boy has it been full on since returning. Lots of things to organise it must be that time of year. Everyone seems to have itchy feet. ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 7/7)

Back with a vengeance. It is wonderful to be home, and there are so many new faces, both horses and people. Lofty and Arthur ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 6/7)

Travelling home, it is funny how one finds things when you're on a flight. I picked up a ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (5/7)

On the move again and this time it'shome. It's been the most fabulous trip; I've never known time to fly quicker. Must have been having a ball, and yes we were. ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (1/7)

It's late in the afternoon and all my boys and girls are wanting to go home, rightly so. Yesterday was the highlight of Rob's and my life. Having children is one ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (30/6)

The day had dawned; Tom and Hoda's wedding takes place this afternoon. It appears to be well publicised in the Daily Telegraph. A few days ago Tom caught a photographer. He ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (28/6)

Crossbow continues to please, Nash was delighted with the way he glided over 1400m this morning on the dirt. He has really ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 27/6)

Where do I begin? It has been such a whirl wind since we came to ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (24/6)

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Gai's Blog (Thursday, 23/6)

Well what wonderful news Kate and Luke announced their engagement in Florence ... 

Gai's Blog Tuesday (21/6)

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Gai's Blog (Monday 20/6)

It is my darling one's birthday today and I must say I did the work list first, was talking to Jane on the telephone and then all of a sudden the penny ... 

Gai's Blog (Sunday 19/6)

The last day of Royal Ascot was just amazing. This was the only day we attended but typical of ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday, 16/6)

All the talk today was about So You Think missing out on winning the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday. The pacemaker was sent out not being ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 15/6)

Daisy Boo (Rock of ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 9/6)

Paris, Paris, Paris. What a marvelous city. Yesterday we walked and walked and walked, so every time we stopped for a little pastry, I didn't feel so bad. I have never seen so ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (3/6)

This morning I was around the world in eighty days, but that is the life of a trainer. ... 

Gai's Blog Thursday (2/6)

It was a really glorious morning this morning, not too cold and no rain. All jockeys were on deck and everyone was in fine spirits. Ones that caught the eye ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 1/6)

Great day so far at ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 31/5)

I was just reading about a fascinating woman in the States - her name Murray Smith. She is considered to have one of the sharpest eyes of any horse person. It was said of ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 30/5)

This morning was a particularly unpleasant morning. Winter is becoming such a bore; it is no wonder everyone is going overseas. Although it is never that horribly cold it is ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (27/5)

One of the most talented children's writers is Doreen Slinkard. Many of you would know Doreen from being at the races. She is the wife of ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday 26/5)

There would have been a grin from ear to ear this morning in the tower as John O'Shea's Queenslanders wiped the floor with the Blues last night. But that is the wonderful ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 25/5)

What a repulsive morning. Wind was blowing, gale force across ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 24/5)

The whip is cracking, it is a mild morning at ... 

Gai's Blog (Monday 23/5)

What a courageous win on Saturday by Nobby Snip . This 2YO son of ... 

Gai's Blog (Friday, 20/5)

Here I am, at downtown Warwick Farm. What a glorious course with its beautiful surroundings. It is one of the post picturesque tracks in NSW. The trees are ... 

Gai's Blog (Thursday, 19/5)

I have been around the world in 80 days today. The track was blissful this morning. The reason being is we went from 8 degrees yesterday to 13 degrees today. We all went to paradise. The ... 

Gai's Blog (Wednesday 18/5)

Here is a man of style. This morning ... 

Gai's Blog (Tuesday 17/5)

In the Sydney Morning Herald article on Saturday May 15 there was a most confronting photograph of a child in a steel cage. When we look at it we feel ... 

Gai's Blog Friday (13/5)

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Gai's Blog (Wednesday 11/5)

Domestics at the Waterhouse home - yes my new little helper in the kitchen decided to keep a watchful eye on me while I did the washing up last night. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Tuesday (10/5)

Everyone has Twitter, mine is a different type, twit twit twit, he is a double yellow headed Amazon from the rainforests of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 5/5)

What a cold and blustery run today has turned into. This morning was not so bad, the horses were fresh though, especially Strawberry Boy (Redoute's Choice). His owner, Singo ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 4/5)

It's great to be back at Randwick ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Monday (2/5)

Alice, beautiful downtown Alice. Yes that's where we are. Pricilla has no tags on the lady trainer. In the entourage is Denise flying the purple and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 29/4)

A sealed trackthis morninghas been the norm all week because the weather here in Sydney is horrible. Nevesh has had no choice but to keep the track ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 28/4)

What is a blog? Well if you read the encyclopedia interpretation it is a diary entry. That is how I see what I write; they are very much my thoughts and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 25/4)

Well what has the ATC done to offend the Gods and have such bad luck with the weather? I messaged Singo on Saturday morning as the rain came tumbling down. I asked him who up there he could ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 21/4)

The last two days have gone by in a blur with the way the time has flown. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 19/4)

Fast Clip (Snippetson) could not have pleased Neil Paine more this ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Monday (18/4/)

Well any hope of winning the Doncaster dissolved when I ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 15/4)

Tomorrow is Doncaster Day. None of us at Tulloch Lodge can wait. Dave has primed the mighty mare More Joyous for the handicap which my stable has won six times ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 14/4)

A busy day today starting from the crack of dawn. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 13/4)

I saw a great film last night, the final installment of the Millennium trilogy - Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. What a fitting ending where justice ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 11/4)

I am back. Yes, after being off the planet for two weeks at the most amazing sales in the Southern Hemisphere where we secured the most remarkable selection of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 7/4)

You haven't heard much from me this week. The yearling sales in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (1/4)

I have a terrible tease and torment, a man called Rob who I'm married to. This morning he came into the bathroom as I am home early whilst the sale are on. Rob said "look ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 31/3)

Mark Newnham rode the exciting stayer Descarado (High Chapparal) in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 30/3)

It was quite interesting today, I love horses that give me a challenge and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 29/3)

This morning was the final gallop for most horses going into Saturday's million dollar races. I always elect to work my Golden Slipper horse the Saturday ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 28/3)

This morning was a pleasant but chilly one. It is quite amazing how quickly the cool weather has hit in since last Thursday. I should remember as every year is the same when ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (25/3)

There were few to work this morning as it was Randwick trial day, but we still went into bat and may I say a very chilly autumn has struck with a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 24/3)

The gay deceiver, yes they even exist in horses, is ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 23/3)

This morning Randwick trainers had the use of the Kensington track for the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 22/3)

What a day we've had. The mighty threesome in the bat mobile. Bruce at the helm and Lea and I swinging behind. Off to the west we trooped. Firstly to Tyreel. This of course is John Vincent's final sale. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 21/3)

Dreams and Desires (Encosta de Lago) is coming up a treat. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (18/3)

Natasha is just giving me a really hard time and singing a tune "it's blog time." She doesn't realise how important it is for the lady trainer to download. Alix is busy with a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 17/3)

I always laugh when Andrew Bensley at Sky asks me a double edged question. This ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 16/3)

On Monday night after having dinner with the family at Il Bacaro, Tom, Rob and I wandered back to Crown from Little Collins Street. As we ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 15/3)

Descarado (High Chapparal) worked in exceptional form this morning. My foreman ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 14/3)

Ms Chief Bound (Commands) ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (11/3)

Needs Further (Encosta de Lago) races on Wednesday and he got the thumbs up this morning from Neville Auld who could not ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 10/3)

I was really happy with the horses this morning. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 7/3)

Crossbow (Redoute's Choice) is quite a character. He has got a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 4/3)

I ran out of time yesterday so I am going to incorporate what I saw on the track from both Thursday and Friday mornings. It is like making a cake, a little bit of this and a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 2/3)

Atelier (Redoute's Choice) has really come of age. This morning he worked with a stable mate and he really drew away in the final furlong. I love to see that in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Tuesday (1/3)

What a wonderful morning this morning, it got quite hot but why wouldn't it when these amazing horses were working so brilliantly? ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 25/2)

On a glorious Friday at Randwick the lady trainer had assembled around her the team that was imperative to look at before she flew to Melbourne this afternoon. It is an early closing time, a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 24/2)

Young Alix Vanny is back blogging and capably assisting me with the track flashes today. Alix has just returned from deepest, darkest Africa where she ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 23/2)

It was a very satisfying day inspecting the yearlings yesterday. The quality is top class, so much so that ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 21/2)

On the road again and we are packed into the Merc. Bruce was very relieved at the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 18/2)

Descarado - Beautiful morning and the weather a lot warmer this week and he appeared in the centre of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 17/2)

Swift Alliance really delighted Tommy Berry this morning who said "I rode him a week ago and he was just going through the motions, but he wasn't just going through the motions this ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 16/2)

A team of jockeys appeared this morning. At one stage Dave Fenning said they look like birds all lined up. I said crows on a fence. Apprentice Adam Hyeronimus, young ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 15/2)

This morning on the course proper there were some glorious pieces of work. Damien who acts as spotter and clocker, replied when I asked where are they, said "almost in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 14/2)

Herculian Prince was marvelous this morning. He is coming to hand superbly and senior rider Neville Auld is riding him a treat. I ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 11/2)

Suki pleased Nash enormously. He knows the filly well, if he didn't she would want to go hard early in her gallop, but Nash took this into ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Monday (7/2)

The latest news is that a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (4/2)

I am sitting in the studio preparing for the David Jones autumn photo shoot. Oh, the varied life of the lady trainer. I have different roles in my life: wife, mother, horse ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Tuesday (1/2)

The last day of the Premier session. It has been mixed feelings with the breeders. Some ecstasy , some agony. Probably expectations were too high. The top echelon has been ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Monday (31/1)

On the road again. Now at Karaka in beautiful Auckland. The sales team is in full sales mode. Bruce and Amanda have been over inspecting yearlings for the past five days. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (28/1)

This morning was a much cooler morning than we have experienced over the past week. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 26/1)

This morning heavy dew was present at ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 25/1)

This morning was a glorious day. As older people say every day you rise is a glorious day. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (21/1)

I was really delighted with the way Texan (Stratum) won at Gosford yesterday. Apprentice ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 20/1)

What fun we had last night. The Stracey's and Rob and I have been mates for many decades, it makes us sound old doesn't it? They are such fun and great company and I was only thinking when ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 19/1)

Last night turned out to be one of those really enjoyable nights. What was feared to be a very boring family event turned into a very nice leisurely catch-up. The Club at Balmoral Beach on the Northern end was done up about ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 11/1)

We are incorporating the best of the gallops from yesterday and today as time has been of essence while viewing yearlings at the Gold Coast. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 10/1)

Teardrop Rock ran like a filly on her way ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Friday (7/1)

Best of the morning:- ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 5/1)

Starcraft/Arathea is a lovely colt and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 4/11)

Tuxedo Royale ( Encosta de Lago x The Golden Dane) really delighted me this morning, it was the best gallop he had put in this preparation. He ... 

2010

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, New Year's Eve 2010)

Romanair (Holy Roman Emperor x Nellie de air) - this 2yo gelding is one of the smartest I have in training, he has only recently returned from a spell and he was Stacey Rawiller's pick of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 30/12)

Fusakeo (Fusaichi Pegasus x Miss Jakeo) was ridden by Neil Paine this morning bowling over 1200m on the B grass. It's a tight track so you don't get the full distance unless ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 24/12)

I really like Fast Clip (Snippetson) . He is so free on his feet and shows great ability. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 22/12)

What a glorious morning. Did any of you happen to see the eclipse of the moon last night? ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 21/12)

Christmas time is headache time. It is rush, rush, rush and more so than the cheer and Ho Ho Ho it is headache, headache, headache. It is time to make sure ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 15/12)

Rocketing (Rock of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 13/12)

What an interesting weekend we have had! We went down to Palm Beach on Friday to Barren Joey House for dinner with Lea and Bruce and it gave us time to discuss their horses and explain some ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 10/12)

Years ago when I was eighteen, Dad took Mum and me toZimbabwe in Africa, formally British colony ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 8/12)

See The Lights (Danehill Dancer) is an absolute poppet. She is a natural racehorse and one of Stacey's favourites. She is coming to hand superbly and will be trialling next week. I think she ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 7/12)

This morning was not busy by any standards with only about fifteen horses to gallop. A lot of horses trialed at ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (3/12)

What a glorious day to be alive. It was ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (2/12)

Star Thoroughbred Gigas had her final gallop this morning on the B grass. She is going great guns and I believe she will be ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (1/12)

It was a totally, miserable morning today at the track. I was almost tempted to crawl back up to the apartment and dive into bed with my beloved. But no, the show must go on ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (30/11)

Wet, miserable and surprisingly cool was the weather this morning at headquarters, but as we are always out early we were able to make the best of the dirt. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (29/11)

Power Stroke delighted Neil Paine this morning. The filly was full of running and resumes on Saturday in the Maiden Plate over 1200m. Neil has the option to partner ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 26/11)

Best of the morning: Knoxville ran a good second when he resumed his racing career the other day and has since been working well. Mark was very pleased this morning saying ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 25/11)

The best of the morning was Brightexpectations, followed closely by Squamosa. They bowled over 1200m, but in the final stages Squamosa wasn't quite concentrating, so ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 19/11)

It was a cold, unpleasant morning this morning. I messaged Rob when I finished gallops saying that I wish I was back in bed. I was a little weary this morning. I came home yesterday ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 11/11)

Yesterday went extremely well. My doctor said when he saw me mid-morning "You are inamazingly good health." I was very surprised at his comment, that I was healthy. It's funny; I haven't been under ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (10/11)

Hi everyone! Yesterday was a crazy day so I didn't get to put pen to paper, but I will be off the air for the next two days having a small operation as my ears have been giving me ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 8/11)

Saturday was an excellent day at Flemington. It was children's day and boy did the parents and kids take it seriously. The fashions on the field were keenly contested, almost as much as the races. It was so ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (5/11)

Stratofortress is still big as a house but his girth has tightened and his appetite for work has increased. He had 2 weeks at his owners property, Littledale Lodge, Cootamundra and is now on the come back trail. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (4/11)

On Tuesday on the course proper, Tania was not happy with Upon This Rock's work which appeared quite sluggish and not quite switched on. Young horses can often get a bit lost when having their first or second gallops on ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (1/11)

Cyclone Stacey who is racing on Saturday in the 2YO Handicap worked brilliantly for Mark Newnham this morning. This was her final piece of work before she contests the race at Randwick. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 22/10)

Yesterday is almost a blur with so much on this time of year. I saw trainer Mark Kavanagh at the track this morning and he was explaining what was expected of him as a cup winning trainer. Mark ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thurs 21/10)

Descarado worked super cool this morning, by this I mean he was relaxed and enjoyed his work over a mile. He found the line in stylish fashion. Nash said "I could have had a cup of tea on him he was so together."The ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 20/10)

On the plane travelling home on Saturday night was Glyn Schofield and Hugh Bowman. Both jockeys had ridden what they thought were real chances in the Caulfield Cup and both jockeys were ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 15/10)

How wet is wet? Well, I can tell you. As we drive to Makybe Stud, the home of the great mare, it is teaming. It is quite hard to see as the visibility is so poor. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 13/10)

Luckily I threw the wellingtons in today. Those thick green rubbers, I don't know if they will go with my long, woolen designer coat but I know they will feel great when I slap through a few puddles. Maybe ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 12/10)

Last night the STC voted against the merger. Like many others in racing the club showed some independence. But unfortunately I fear the government will step in, take control ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 8/10)

Bis Kho Cho (Don Eduardo) worked brilliantly this morning, galloping comfortably over 1200m he found the line strongly. His run first up was most meritorious and he should ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 7/10)

What a day, I have just arrived home! Boy am I glad I have horses. This morning was just grand at Flemington. I had been on the blower early in the day about 3.15am to Stevie ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 6/10)

Another day born, it is a bit like that this time of year as most trainers would agree. It is so full on wherever you are, back at home or interstate, and where we are in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 5/10)

What a glorious day,after several days of rain and a rather foggy morning, the day has turned out beautifully. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 4/10)

It was a very emotional day at Randwick on Saturday. Only a few months ago my darling husband told me I was a couple of wins off reaching the 100 Group One mark. Once I knew that I was trying even harder ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 1/10)

Books, books and more books. I am sitting here signing for my darling husband twenty of the books. I can tell you, in my words, I will be sick to death of them in no time at ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 30/9)

What a fabulous day! Well I felt it was. It was my book launch at David Jones! Damien and I had to put our foot to the peddle early this morning so I could finish the gallops, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 24/9)

What a morning! Something you wouldn't want to read about. A horse breaks down, Nash Rawiller comes a tumble and another horse dislodges his ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 23/9)

I had a nice chat with an elderly gentleman Carl Chishold in the coffee shop at Rosehill. Carl informed me that he was a great friend of my father-in-law Bill Waterhouse and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 21/9)

Yesterday was the official 2YO trials at Randwick. It is normally a joyous affair but unfortunately unless you had a horse trialling you didn't know it was on. The crowd was ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (21/9)

Forgive me for not putting pen to paper yesterday but what a day! Track work then off to Allpress for breakfast and back to the trials. It was very full on as once one heat has gone the next babies are being paraded. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 15/9)

What an evening Rob and I had last night! When the storm hit, we had just finished our dinner but of course the dogs hadn't been walked. If our ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 14/9)

Young Mitch Newman, formerly of Darley Stud, has started his own breaking and pre-training property which sounds fabulous. I am posting it here on the blog as there might be many of you who ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 13/9)

In reply to Ken Callandar's article in today's DAILY TELEGRAPH titled "Gai's word-play wins day"; Dear Ken Callander, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 10/9)

This morning was a great morning but BUSY. Now is the time to decide which 2YO's are ready to trial, and I could not have been more delighted with the way my youngsters are ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 9/9)

Yesterday I attended my cousin's funeral and from next door the most beautiful singing wafted through our chapel. My other cousin Stan Dumbrell had attended Val Storey's farewell. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 8/9)

The funniest thing happened today. Neil Paine is a wonderful jockey and excellent with difficult horses on the track. Cannonball (Catienus),whohas ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 6/9)

Boto Vermelho (Flying Spur) is flying. This talented 3YO filly is going great guns and it's hard to find a partner to put her with as she toys with everything I serve up to her. She will ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 2/9)

It's my birthday; it's my party, that's what it's all about today! It's amazing when you have a birthday how many people you find are born in the same month or even the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 1/9)

Today the track was fabulous. We went into bat with everyone in fine form both horses and jockeys. Tania Rouse my assistant trainer has kindly taken to the saddle to help me out. She is a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 30/8)

Bravo! There was excitement all around! Dixie Dancer (Anabaa), the filly who has given senior rider Steve O'Halloran a few horrid days, turned the corner this morning. I always ask the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 25/8)

It absolutely amazes me that Racing NSW and the clubs cannot cater for the 3YO's. Today at Canterbury ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 24/8)

Kiss from a Rose (Encosta de Lago) worked brilliantly this morning. Remembering the dirt has been ripped the horses could only go at three-quarter pace. I won't let my ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 20/8)

Yesterday after the stables I went home and there waiting for me was my mate Lea. We scooped up the dogs, got in the car and went to Burnt Orange for afternoon tea with my ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 19/8)

What a gorgeous day. Spring is certainly in the air. It was an unbelievably warm balmy day - and yes I am still wearing my ski pants, so I was very toasty to say the least. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 18/8)

It was a cold old day at Randwick this morning. That funny weather where the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 17/8)

What a glorious day, the weather is so divine but people around be are dropping like flies. Damo and Sonia have both come down with the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 16/8)

I so enjoyed reading the article in The Good Weekend on the "other Rudd" on Sunday. The daughter of the ex Prime Minister Jessica must have had d? vu as she has written a book, her first ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 13/8)

I have just landed after being in Melbourne for the night. The occasion was for the opening of the Burke St David Jones store - and what an occasion it was. The ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (10/8)

Discussion of the track at Randwick took place again this morning with two leading jockeys. Their comment was that they don't feel that Turnpoint has enough employees to fully prepare, repair and maintain the courses ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 9/8)

It was a frustrating day on Saturday. We just couldn't seem to fire a shot but it certainly wasn't helped by the disgraceful conditions of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 6/8)

Oh what a day! I was up at my regular rising hour of 2.30am this morning - I must not like sleep very much! But there is always much to do and many horses to train. We didn't have many ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 5/8)

I have just finished up at a photo shoot for the David Jones Spring/Summer 2010 Race Day collection alongside the gorgeous Emma Freedman - daughter of the legendary trainer extraordinaire Lee ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 4/8)

It was a glorious morning, nothing like yesterday apparently - thank goodness I was in Darwin where there was no ?cyclone'. Dal Dal had ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 3/8)

A hurricane is basically what the jockeys, riders and young Bruce encountered this morning at Randwick. Gale force winds made it almost impossible to train horses. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 2/8)

Two horses who have been a bit dead headed are Bassoon (Redoute's Choice) and New Day Rising (Fastnet Rock). Both are not really ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 30/7)

I write this blog with a new scribe Michael who comes from the land of the long white cloud. He's a mate of Bruce's, school mates, buddies at uni and he has come over to try the big city of Sydney. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 29/7)

This morning started very slowly so I thought to myself oh heavens, how are we going to get through in the allotted time? ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 28/7)

What a day. It started at the crack of dawn as once Damo arrived Batman and Robin were off to the track. On the way we were caught up with tunnel ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 28/7)

Battle of Britain was a man on a mission this morning. He travelled easy along the back straight for Neil who took a hold of the gelding at the top of the Randwick straight. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 26/7)

What a devastating win on Saturday by Squamosa (Not a Single Doubt) who was purchased at Magic Millions by Star ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 23/7)

Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest horse of all?? Yes I have just installed two mirrors for the charges who fancy themselves to stand in front of. I first saw this in England at Sir Mark ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 22/7)

Well the AJC and the STC have succumbed to the pressure of the government who dangled the alluring commitment of large sums of money to both Randwick and Rosehill. Is it good for racing? I am not sure. I am a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 20/7)

Everyone loves Ice Creme and so did all the jockeys when she flew over 600m with partner Meditation (Elusive Quality). Ice Creme is regally bred being a half-sister to ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 19/7)

A long but pleasant day and an exciting one as well. Starting with track-work this morning there were some lovely pieces of work. Charing ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 16/7)

Delighted with the way the babies went through the barriers this morning. They walked in like professionals for my riders and cantered out the front. Bart and Anthony also had a lot of their ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 15/7)

Since the leak from Monday's Trainers Association meeting at Randwick the reaction by Racing NSW and Peter V'Landys has been like the cat amongst the pigeons. It is quite sad to think that we have had to take such ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 14/7)

Ah!! It was a great morning with loads of jockeys on hand and boy does it make a difference. Mark and Neil have held fort extremely well but this morning Nash even brought a family member along to help in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 13/7)

This morning was the first that yankee doodle Cannonball has really pleased mein his work. Manager Steve Dennet has done a superb job in settling the seven-year-old and now I needed ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 12/7)

A good but busy morning at the track. Damien is back from his honey moon bright as a button so Dave's wonderful services have now been put on hold. Damo sure is lucky to have sucha great ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 9/7)

Today Dave and I trekked to Warwick Farm and as a result weare both rather wet around the gills and that's not from drinking. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 8/7)

A sealed track this morning so all the horses did three-quarter pace. Quite a few boys and girls are on holiday or are off sick, a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 7/7)

A truly miserable day at Randwick except for the Star Thoroughbred's colt Squamosa who scored a brilliant win by three lengths, easily dominating his peers and marking him an ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 6/7)

It was a busy afternoon and I am a bit like a cat amongst the pigeons. I like to see the horses ridden and, especially the yearlings, lead. Graeme, or Fox as he is better known, does a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 5/7)

It was lovely working at the track this morning. Tim Clark was most taken by Just a Blaze (The Gladiator) and his huge stride. "Boy I like him", he said, "what a wonderful character". I have ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 2/7)

Back at headquarters and delighted to be back on track. Good to see carnival horses Theseo, Rock Kingdom, More Joyous, Montana Flyer, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 30/6)

It was nice to have two good wins today. The two-year-old Suki is a homebred of foundation owner Yvonne Smith whom Denise and I metmany years ago. She came into my life ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 25/6)

Australia, as a part of the Commonwealth, has the Queen, the Governor General, the Governor, the Premier, the Lord Mayor, and now a new Prime Minister. What do they all have in common? They ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 24/6)

Yesterday's debacle was the non-race two-year-old event at Gosford which was won by the stable's Crossbow (Redoute's Choice) in dominant fashion. What happened at the barrier ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 22/6)

It seems like days since we have last spoken, so much has happened. I was delighted to see Starspangledsbanner (Choisir) win so impressively at Ascot. We had seen the colt at Ballydoyle ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 21/6)

The weather played havoc with track-work and trials this morning at Randwick. With clear skies until 4am the track was unsealed for the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 17/6)

Bruce has been back to New Zealand to visit his family and his Labrador Zola (black)with her new puppy Zenyatta (chocolate). ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 11/6)

Ballydoyle is a hard place to describe but it is a remarkable one and home to a remarkable trainer. On arrival you sense the aura of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 9/6)

Where do I start. Since landing in Shannon I have found Ireland remarkable. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 7/6)

We have just landed, Qantas jetted us to London with no hiccup at all. How small is the world?? On the flight seated next to us was Nick Solley who has a number of horses with Star ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 4/6)

This morning was not too bad, we got through the work before the rains came again. Standing Ovation (Sadler's ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 3/6)

At this point in time feet seem to be a problem. Every second horse in the stable seems to be plagued by corns, bruised heels, and some form of hoof complaint. This is unfortunately because it has been so wet, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 2/6)

I have just been told by Dave Fenning, who is kindly chauffeuring me while Damo is off on the longest honeymoon in the world, that it is his mum Pat's birthday today. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 1/6)

There was much discussion amongst participants on Saturday at Randwick after Friday's front page story. It appears the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 28/5)

I read the front page of The Herald and I wonder if in the next few months we will see a merged STC and AJC headed by a prominent breeder. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 26/5)

Which team will handle the weather better tonight, the blues or the maroons? Bruce got a bagging today at the track when I asked him which ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 25/5)

It was an excellent dirt track this morning. Heistmaster pleased Blake. Kontiki Park Robyn ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 24/5)

It was a frustrating day on Saturday with grand mare Gold Waterand her attempt at Group 1 level and we went very close to pulling it off. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 21/5)

King Lionheart (Al Maher) is heading to his second trial after good work today. He has come on since his first trial and I am sure he will be a handy competitor when he makes an appearance ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 19/5)

I got a real kick out of Geffen's win today; he has put together a very decent record to date with four wins from nine starts. This is a horse that could not win a maiden at Kembla earlier in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 18/5)

It was a very wet, cold, and bleak morning at the track this morning. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 17/5)

Randwick this morning was rain-swept but I can't say that I know as I was enjoying a little sleep in at gorgeous ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 14/5)

Steve partnered Anniversary (More Than Ready) in blinkers this morning as she has been a little one paced, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 13/5)

Yesterday members of the NSW trainers' board met. It was unanimously agreed that the proposed code of conduct is unacceptable as rules are already in place which trainers have to abide by. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 12/5)

This morning was extremely chilly, the chilliest I have felt this autumn but luckily I got the tip as I was out and about last night. The ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 11/5)

I wish I could say that Alex was about to skinny dip since the photo was taken at Darryl Leigh's when Light Brigade (Redoute's Choice) was in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 10/5)

A few more Code of Conduct emails: Dear Gai, I have read your comments relating ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 7/5)

Let us start with some emails: Congratulations to Gai for her response to the unbelievably ridiculous "Code Of Conduct" proposed by ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 6/5)

We have only had 20 people respond to our ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 5/5)

What a lovely day at the races. Yvonne Smith and I purchased a yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Sale. We paid a king's ransom of $400,000 to breeder Stuart Ramsey but I can't tell you how ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 4/5)

A lovely misty morning at Randwick and Glyn Schofield was delighted with Casilda (Cape Cross), Glenlogan's staying mare who is having her first Australian start at Randwick on ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 3/5)

Full awards go to Brian Fletcher and his committee, what a fantastic job they do at Hawkesbury. A crowd in excess of 10,000 people were there and it was only a provincial ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 30/4)

Mark Webby and I are scratching our heads on how we can find any high benchmark races now that the carnival is over. Fusakeo, who carried 58.5kg in the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 28/4)

It was a beautiful morning, very bright with the moon so full it looked as it was going to burst over Doncaster ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 26/4)

Who said New Zealand bred horses don't make the best stayers, they must have their heads in the ground as once again this was glaringly apparent in the Sydney Cup on Saturday. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 23/4)

Jockeys made themselves sparse at Randwick today but there is always one man you know you can rely on, Mark Newnham. We had to stretch our resources thinly but Ranjeet, Steve, Craig, Nacim, Darshan, Alex, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 22/4)

Gorgeous morning again at Randwick though there was plenty of fog, as there has been all week. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 21/4)

Yesterday I had a blast from the past. Norman Gillespie, the former AJC CEO, and I have kept in contact and yesterday we caught up and he introduced me to his friend Charlotte. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 20/4)

This morning was magical at Randwick, it felt so good to be alive and well. The Kensington track was available to horses racing on Saturday, but the jockeys were concerned that it had ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (19/4)

It was a very pleasant reward when Nash greeted the judge with the inexpensive Magic Millions purchase Once Were Wild. I'm sure Singo, Mark Carnegie and Trevor Kennedy all named her in memory of their younger days. My ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (16/4)

Iwas starting to get very worried that my husband had found another bird as he would say to me after dinner, "I'm just going out to sit with the bird". Well I though, "aren't I the bird?", but he meant the baby cockatoo ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 15/4)

Where have all the 2yo races gone? They have just gone, gone, gone. What's the matter with the programming department? There is very little happening except for the Champagne Stakes. What ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 14/4)

A great email recieved from Jack Webster, grand-son of successful trainer Pat Webster: ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 13/4)

I have just left the 33rd Asian Racing Conference. What a fascinating affair and what a mixture of the who's who of racing. Administrators, track specialists, occupational health ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 12/4)

Now sitting quietly at home, the day has been mixed. The track-work session is always a highlight and this morning started the day well ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday, 9/4)

Last night's races were a frustrating affair, especially being brides maid in the juvenile ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 8/4)

Glyn Schofield was far happier with Common Objective this morning when he bowled over 1600m than when he rode him a week ago. The Redoute's gelding is coming to hand well and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 7/4)

A wary lady trainer crawled onto Randwick this morning. It is very busy during sale time and the varikos veins of two babies have reared ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 5/4)

Saturday was an enormous day which saw me rise at 2.30am ready for my call from foreman extra-ordinaire Lofty at 3.10am. The day moves at a very rapid pace on these great Group 1 days. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 6/4)

A very tough day in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 1/4)

As the big day draws closer the thought of the competition excites me enormously as I am a creature that way inclined. I love to see my horses giving their best, finding the line, and shaking off the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 31/3)

A special note from Jamie Gibson: Dear Lisa, Susie and Jane, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday, 30/3)

Warwick Farm today: ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 29/3)

Merensky Reef (Platinum Scissors) and Just A Blaze (The Gladiator) made an excellent pair this morning when matching strides over 1400m. Refuse Me ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 26/3)

The stud tour came to close on Thursday, for four days Kate, Lea and I were on the road inspecting an exceptionally high standard of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday, 25/3)

This reply from AJC track-manager Dave Hodgson with regard to the Randwick track renovation: Hi Gai, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday, 24/3)

A famous Sydney form analyst reported: ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday, 22/3)

I feel obliged to record my disappointment with Saturday's Rosehill track. Put simply, it was vastly over watered. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 19/3)

What a remarkable effort by Mark McInnes the CEO of David Jones in that they have increased their ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 18/3)

Fusakeo worked with Descarado and what a formidable pair these two rising stayers were. Descarado will contest the G2 Phar Lap stakes on ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 17/3)

Glorious morning where the only thing missing were the Star owners from yesterday. The horses are going super and I'm delighted with the way they're training and I'm very ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 16/3)

A glorious morning was enjoyed by all at Randwick with all the horses nominated for the black type races on Saturday eligible to use the course proper for gallops. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 10/3)

I was delighted with the way Saynomore found the line this morning with Supertrooper as her partner. This daughter of Hussonet has been slow to come to hand but she found the line well ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 22/2)

This morning gallops were a little stop start; some mornings it can be like that as it really depends how many jocks are on hand and track riders who ferry the horses in and out to the middle. ... 

2009

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 22/12)

Sunday was a very special day where just like every year at Tulloch Lodge we celebrate Christmas with Santa, cowgirls, cowboys and the stable pony who I must say was a very popular attraction for the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (9/11)

Melbourne over except for the Sandown meeting which Turf Express will contest the Guineas on Saturday. Back to Sydney to see my beloved Robbie. Poor Amanda had broken down and had to be rushed to Royal North Shore ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (6/11)

Robyn has left to go on a holiday, not for long just a couple of days. In her absence young Alison will very capably fill her shoes, not only scribing the blog, but taking care of nominations, programming and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 5/11)

Yesterday Arthur spent quite some time with the American dirt expert Steve Woods and his report follows. Hopefully the AJC will engage Steve's expertise on a six monthly basis as there is no dirt track in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 4/11)

Continuing our round of yearling inspections took usto Eliza Park where the yearling manager Frank informed us there were three farms and he managed the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 13/10)

Flemington was breezy and cold; Manhattan Rain was ridden by Craig Williams and Nash rode Rock Kingdom with both enjoying a trot and canter. Neither quite ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 28/9)

Viking Legend was a legend on Saturday when he won the Listed Dulcify with Blake Shinn riding at his brilliant best. On the morning of the race I had said to Blake ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 8/9)

This morning it was very cold and wet at Flemington and quite sloppy underfoot. Manhattan Rain glided over 1400m with Blake in the saddle and to see this young jockey's face on return to the middle, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 3/9)

A great day was had by all at yesterday's Mad Hatter race day party where 2,572 people attended, a huge increase on the normal 300 people that usually show up. It just shows if you can get people's ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 27/8)

Boy what a day! After trackwork I ducked home for a quick nap before Damien whisked me to the heliport at Mascot where we met up with Antony Thompson, brother in law Mark, Denise, Kate and Nash. Sydney ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 26/8)

This morning was so hectic. I'm not much good doing meetings as I'm a bit of a creature of habit in that I like to go to the track, get around the stables, then watch the horses trot up ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (17/8)

To One and All, we would like to say many thanks and congratualtions for all the effort put in to give us our thrill of winning on Saturday at Newcastle, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary 14/8

Last night at Rosehill Gardens was a great night for Star Thoroughbreds with Theseo taking out middle distance honours and also being crowned NSW Horse of the Year. Part-owner Phil Evans from ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary 12/8

One of racing's finest ambassadors was a trainer known as Pat Quinn. Pat passed away today leaving behind him his darling wife Gail and family. I've known Pat all my racing life and he's never changed ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary 13/8

Exceed With Me's win at Canterbury yesterday was a most commendable performance. Every time I've asked this gelding by ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 10/9)

On Friday at Randwick Trials, Steve Railton called in to say his goodbye. Steve has been appointed to the Hong Kong Jockey Club steward's panel for the new season. This is a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 7/8)

My favourite watering hole Allpress took a pounding today. I had breaky there with Damien before going to the Randwick trials then returned for a little pick me up so I could do my ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 6/8)

I attended the Randwick -Kensington meeting yesterday and returned home to watch the rest of the races on TV. I was amazed after the first race how the fence and inside section of the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 3/8)

The Friday meeting at Inglis was a bit of a witch hunt for breeders and bookies. For the life of me I cannot understand why this lobby group had to be put into place. If the boot was on the other foot and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 17/7)

It is good to see the VRC are seriously considering reducing the time between ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 8/7)

Rob, Lea, Bruce and I enjoyed a day steeped in racing history and interesting characters, starting with our visit to Sandringham, the Queens stud and winter residence, which is run by Joe and his wife ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 3/7)

The Ernst and Young report says less and less people go to the races every year. Will any more attend the races under Racing NSW? The answer will be no. What will happen to the major ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 23/6)

Two 3yo males have just returned to the yard. Exchancellor, who we have always had a big opinion of did not show us his best ability when beaten at Canterbury on debut, but I think it's ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 16/6)

Two really top class 2yo's worked at Randwick this morning -the un-raced Star Thoroughbreds filly Gigas, of whom you've read about before, and her partner and ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 12/6)

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to as we have excellent chances at Rosehill and Kembla. Star Thoroughbreds Fusakeo will certainly take a stack of beating ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 9/6)

What a sad indictment with only eight Randwick trained horses represented in the eight-race program on Monday. Why? They are programming all the wrong class of races. The Monday meeting ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (3/6)

Wet, miserable, soggy, boggy morning - I know you shouldn't say you are sick of the rain but I must say it's getting on my pip. All the horses that galloped worked at steady three-quarter pace and the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 2/6)

Following on from my story on Mondayabout my meeting last weekwith incoming Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club, Kevin Dixon and CEO Stephen Ferguson. Below is some more news on whats ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 1/6)

Down but not out: Many say the lady trainer is down with not many runners and few winners, but believe me we're not out! When the heat gets turned up Gai works harder at making these winter ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 29/5)

Saratoga Surge is a bit like the magic pudding, rounded and floating in every possible way, but he's working hard at toning up and his session this morning was pleasing. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 26/5)

On Sunday I revisited my old school convent the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay for the remembrance for the deceased of the alumni. It was a lovely gathering of family members and old school ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 20/5)

The life of a horse trainer is never the same and that's what l love so much about it. My darling one Robbie, organized a group of racingmen to share a glass of wine and a ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 14/5)

Boca Chita just keeps getting the ticks. Who ever ride's her declares, "Boy this filly is going super." Deedra ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 6/5)

My father's eldest sister Gladys Myott passed away over the weekend. A well-known and highly respected member of the Griffith/Goolgowie community, Gladys had a wonderful, ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 30/4)

Over the past few weeks about 25 youngsters (yearlings) have come and gone from Desert War lodge; this is the extra stable I rent from the AJC named after the mighty Gooree warhorse Desert ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 10/4)

Thursday morning gallops were great fun. There were 1 or 2 jocks missing; Blake has a sore neck whilst Nash and wife Sarah have gone to Phuket for 5 days. Eating little and drinking little does not ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 30/3)

I emailed Bob Duncan last week re our new Barrier Management Policy. The problem we will face is there ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 23/2)

The final chapter in an amazing 10 days was staged today at the 'White Turf' racing carnival at the lake at St. Moritz. It is truly an international event with the players being from all ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 11/2)

On a wet, windy and truly unpleasant morning all jockeys were present. Shadow Assassin bowled over 800m for ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 30/1)

Gai seen below, discussing Nash's ride on Common Objective last night at Canterbury! ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 19/1)

A very special filly leapt to the top of the Golden Slipper market on Saturday when More Joyous romped in by 5 ? lengths to win the 2yo handicap at Rosehill. Doing ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 14/1)

Nash Rawiller and Blake Shinn return on Saturday. Nash was sidelined due to a double suspension. It has been a learning curve for this talented jockey andhe has taken the time to reassess ... 

2008

Gai Waterhouse Diary (31/12)

Tania Rouse is a very dedicated person. She puts great energy and enthusiasm in to everything she does. This year she returned home to England for the first time in many years to spend Christmas with her ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (30/12)

My darling one sent me this emailthe other day and said, "when I am no longer please have this inscribed on my head stone." ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (29/12)

On Christmas eve my Mum's great friend, Marj Donnelly, departed this life to join Valerie and her sister Heather, working out the form and deciding how they are going to spend their $1 investment ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary Wednesday (24/12)

Last Sunday John and Anne McDonald's granddaughter Jessie - Brad and AnitaMcDonald's daughter, very sweetly ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 24/12)

Two geldings which have really improved in the last 10 days are Kontiki Park - Thorn Park/Pretty Special and Surpasser - Falvelon/Classic Covet. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 22/12)

I enjoyed a most delightful day at Randwick on Saturday. I was invited to a Committee luncheon ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 8/12)

It's only a day away before we farewell Mum. Yesterday my friend since school Barbara Auswild, called and had lunch at home with Rob and Me. She's a wonderful person, full of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 25/11)

Congratulations to young Billy Moore, son of bloodstock agent Kieran and wife Deb. Billy has achieved the highest rank of all recently being voted school captain! I was once voted school ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 13/11)

This week has been very busy so forgive me for not putting pen to paper. The horses are coming up super and I'm particularly impressed by a couple of 2yo's. This time of ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Friday 9/5)

I appreciated leading trainer John O'Shea putting pen to paper regarding the lack of middle distance/staying races for Sydney horses. His note and that of Ron Bell's are as follows. ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 5/5)

Two fillies going places are Ditas and Euro Chic. Both worked very sharply this morning with the all conquering jocks Nash Rawiller and Daniel Ganderton aboard. Ditas will trial in ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Tuesday 15/4)

Off the track at 7am and I quickly change in the TJ room before Damien, mate Lea and Gai motor to Rosehill. No we are not arriving early for the Slipper we are attending the Rosehill barrier ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 6/3)

At lunchtime on WednesdayI briefly called in to Star City where the NSW Autumn Racing Carnival was launched. In a great move Events New South Wales announced an investment of $750,000 to ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 20/2)

Steve Morley manager of Glenlogan Park stud did a sensational job in getting us from farms with one yearling - Bob and Mary Sutton to Oakland stud. The quality of the horses were top drawer and the hospitality was ... 

2007

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Thursday 20/12)

Thursday 20/12Foreman Dave Meijer Report Tuesday as usual was an exciting day as the Saturday runners went ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Monday 10/12)

Aspen Highway , I don't know what I'm more amazed at, the ... 

Gai Waterhouse Diary (Wednesday 21/11)

Photo shoot Randwick, star of stage and screen Dance Hero, supporting cast Norman Gillespie, CEO of the AJC and Kate Waterhouse, fashion-social writer for the Sunday Telegraph, and yours ... 

      

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