Fact sheet



  • Gai’s loyal dog is named Bello
  • Gai absolutely loves Koalas
  • Gai’s standard coffee choice is a flat white with full cream milk
  • Gai’s husband Rob thought he was marrying an actress
  • Gai was a quality rider who in her younger days enjoyed roaring through the Scottish hills on her pony
  • Gai generally answers questions from the press that are less than complementary with another question
  • Gai once got as she describes it ‘two weeks solitary confinement’ for dealing with a bully at primary school
  • Gai describes letting a horse have a freshen up as letting it ‘shoot the breeze'
  • Gai’s character in four episodes of Doctor Who was Presta
  • Gai graduated from the University of Sydney in the mid ‘1970s
  • Gai really likes Woody Allen movies
  • Gai poses for over 1000 photos per year and smiles in every single one
  • Gai gets up at 0215am around 280 days per year
  • Gai regularly states that there needs to be more hours in the day, because ‘despite getting up before everyone, I am still always behind!’
  • Gai declared in the movie Lincoln that the assassins who killed President Lincoln should get off for reason of ‘boredom’ such was her horror at sitting through a three hour film that contained so little action
  • Gai enjoys the graffiti art of renowned British artist Banksy and quotes that seeing some of his work on the West Bank in Israel as one of the thrills of her life
  • Gai sponsors the 12th hole at the Port Fairy golf club in south west Victoria
  • Gai, when tired, randomly quotes Banjo Paterson. It is not unusual at the end of a long day to hear the Lady Trainer state ‘there was movement at the station'
  • Gai generally describes anyone even remotely younger than her as ‘young.’ Young Tom, young Kate, young Rose, young Sophia; the list goes on
  • Gai once got pick-pocketed in Rome then chased the offender and promptly got her handbag back
  • Gai’s favourite international holiday destination is Sicily
  • Gai without failure will give up her seat or find an alternate seat for any senior citizen she meets
  • Gai estimates to have been wished ‘good luck’ heading into the 2013 Melbourne Cup by 2000 people in the weeks leading up to the races
  • Gai, in the weeks following the 2013 Melbourne Cup, took the Cup around Australia and let anyone who asked have a photo with it
  • Gai is an Australian Living Treasure as nominated by the National Trust of Australia

Milestones



  • Gai Waterhouse was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame on Monday 26 November 2007
  • Currently sits third on the all-time list of most winning Group 1 trainers
  • Licensed racehorse trainer as of 3 January 1992
  • Gifted Poet - first winner, 15 March 1992 Hawkesbury
  • Moods – first Group winner, 29 April 1992 Gosford Cup
  • Te Akau Nick – first Group 1 winner, 5 October 1992 Metropolitan Handicap
  • Nothin’ Leica Dane – first Classic winner, 4 November 1995 VRC Derby
  • Third trainer in history to prepare 100-plus Sydney metropolitan winners in one season (season 1996-97 104.5 wins)
  • Trained the 2001 Golden Slipper trifecta with Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red Hannigan, a feat never before or since achieved in this race
  • Gai shared a then record with her father T.J. Smith of 156 metropolitan winners in a season, in 2002-03. This was achieved after just ten years of training
  • Has trained two of the six horses to have won the Triple Crown for two-year-olds (Dance Hero 2004 and Pierro 2012)
  • Prepared Fiorente to join the likes of Carbine and Phar Lap in winning the Melbourne Cup after placing in the race the year before
  • 100th Group 1 win came in 2010 with Herculian Prince in the Metropolitan Handicap
  • Equalled her late father TJ Smith's record for the most Golden Slipper winners with Gai training her sixth winner in 2015 with Champion colt Vancouver.

      

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