Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

The Japanese Bred Prevail

It was a dominant weekend for Japanese bred horses, highlighted by MER DE GLACE (Rulership x  Glacier Blue) winning the $5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup for trainer Hisashi Shimizu and connections, Carrot Farm. 



Stayers from Japan have been long been regarded, as the most superior staying horses in the world. This belief is not a myth, it is simply a fact. It is the direct result of having sourced the best bloodlines from every racing continent, over many generations, and the unique environment in which their horses are reared, creating a more superior athlete compared to that produced anywhere else in the world. Their incredible results in the biggest races, on the world stage, are testament to their superiority and their success. 

Four years ago, for the first time, Gai travelled to Japan with the aim of securing this ‘superior athlete’ directly from the source. She was able to successfully identify and purchase WOLFE and HUSH WRITER, who are two rising stars of our stable and have already proven their worth here in Australia. 

WOLFE (Novellist x Peace Of World) was far from disgraced in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday, having won the Group 3 Coongy Cup at Caulfield last Wednesday which gave him automatic entry.


Although it was the mighty HUSH WRITER (Rulership x Star Of Sapphire) who turned the tables with a win in the time honoured $500,000 St Leger Stakes at Randwick. The 5yo gelding looked like the one to beat a long way from home and he cruised to the line to win comfortably by 2.5 lengths. He will now head to the Group 3 Hotham Handicap at Flemington on Derby Day, with the winner being exempt from the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, and we hope to see him front and centre on the first Tuesday in November.