Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Gai's Blog Thursday (20/9)

Quite a number of people at the races yesterday were complaining about the lack of numbers in the fields. Normally when you're racing at the 'metropolitan' tracks on a mid week, the prize money is quite good but yesterday in the lesser races that wasn't so. I don't think the ATC or Racing NSW really understand and when you don't go to the races and it's not your profession too, how could you? There was no John Messara or Peter V'Landys there, and no Darren Pearce or John Cornish from the ATC but these are the meetings they should be attending. Newcastle is a major centre of racing which is highlighted by the renovations about to take place but yesterday the prize money was pretty woeful. It was a premier meeting at a premier provincial track.


And when are the races coming back to town on a Wednesday? Why can't we be racing at Rosehill, Warwick Farm, Canterbury or even Randwick? Why are we stuck at Gosford and Wyong? They get absolutely no crowd there and I can't think of the last time I've been to the provincial track on a Wednesday, but if they were at Canterbury I'd be there with bells on. A lot of people are very time poor.


A perfect example is next Monday at the Warwick Farm trials where at least a dozen of my owners who work in the city and are busy, don't have time to go to Warwick Farm. And it's the same with midweek's at the provincials, they need to be accessible. People can only afford to duck out for an hour, not two or three, but the ATC or Racing NSW aren't thinking as owners.


Yesterday was so much fun and the locals loved having Lady Gai Gai there. I wore my hat thinking they'd get a kick out of it but it was my golden sneakers that grabbed the attention. They're never far from my feet at any time, as I want to be 110% before I hit Melbourne.


Yesterday I asked one of my young strappers Jessie Pearson if she'd had anything to eat. 'I did' she told me 'but it was so expensive. It cost me $10.50 for a roll and a drink and I could hardly eat it, it was so disgusting'. She later confided to me that she didn't bring much more than that $10.50 to the races.



Why in the devil would the average working class person come to the races and pay for admission because after you do you'd barely have a dollar left for some food, a drink or even a bet. They could just as easily go down to the local pub and spend the money they are being forced to at the track, on a bet. What is the matter with these race clubs? Why are they so backwards when it comes to getting patrons to pay for admission?


There is a race day coming up in Melbourne that will be free entry but they should all be like that. Maybe with the exception of the very big race days like Doncaster Day, Golden Slipper Day or the VRC carnival, and then they could charge a bit extra for a ticket as people are more than happy to pay on those days. But the average punter doesn't want to pay admission on an average day as they'd be more comfortable and better catered for, with cheaper prices, at a pub or a club.


Next Sunday Pierro (Lonhro x Miss Right Note) departs for Melbourne with a very exciting young gelding Tribal Rock (Rock of Gibraltar x Our Quivira). They both head south with different tasks but with equal importance to the owners. They will be the first of my team who will be housed at Flemington and the boxes are being prepped as we speak. Johnny Livingstone was down there on Tuesday and inspecting the boxes and chatting with the Flemington track manager Mick Goody. Next step is to have the plants shipped in from Fleming's Nursery as I can't stand how plain and boring they look, and with the help of Fleming's we'll turn the stalls into an English garden. Dave Meijer will lead the entourage and his expertise and care of the horses is next to none. He's an attentive and very thoughtful manager and the horses couldn't be in better hands.


Charing Cross (Fasntet Rock x Coogee Beach) has returned in super order so Neil Paine keeps telling me. The Star Thoroughbreds gelding will be flying the flag in the next month or so and we'll look at races like the Hawkesbury Gold Cup for him before hopefully making the quantum leap to races like the Villiers.


Another Star Thoroughbred who has returned in super condition is Rockafellacentre (O'Reilly x Frankish). He's so relaxed and Tom Berry really enjoys riding him. They lobbed around together yesterday and both had big smiles on their faces. Swift Shadow (Encosta De Lago x Gee I Jane) who is managed by Apollo Ng for his group of owners also impressed and he will be heading to the trials soon.


This morning Herculian Prince (Yamanin Vital x Sea Island) bowled around before his return to racing in Saturday's Bill Ritchie. Randwick has been a special place for the gelding and his owners as it's where he won the Metropolitan two years ago. This year he's heading to the Epsom.


Julienas (Cape Cross x Dora Carrington) went around with a smile on his face as he waits in the wings for the Colin Stephen Handicap at Rosehill. King Cobia (Exceed and Excel x Amitola) who greeted the judge in emphatic fashion on debut at Canterbury is going great guns and he now heads to Randwick on Sunday and he'll take a stack of beating.


King of Olympia (Encosta De Lago x Pinezero) had a stretch and extend this morning with Steve O'Halloran on board and he told me the colt was in grand form. He's ready to make the step up in Saturday's Gloaming Stakes over 1800m. Steve also partnered More Joyous (More Than Ready x Sunday Joy) and she was full of herself. The mare has come off her win in amazing order and is ready to kick another goal in the Golden Pendant next week.


Nobby Snip (Snippetson x Pine Away) is ready for Saturday and the gelding has done a real treat the past two weeks while Our Desert Warrior (Desert King x High Heels) is waiting to make his debut at Kembla on the 29th. He's an exciting and very attractive son of Desert King and I'm certain he'll make an impression when he commences his career.



Sightseeing in Newcastle



To die for view



Isn't this the best? No wonder why I love Newcastle



These racegoers are fabulous for the sport. They travel to most countery meetings and add fun to the sport.

 

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