Gai Waterhouse gets off to a flyer
RSS Feeds Monday, 30 September 2013

Having spent the past three racing seasons with Gai as Bloodstock Director, I had an inkling that the lady trainer may have started season 2013/14 better than ever.

The results show that Gai has trained 42 winners in August/September, the first two months of the new season. A quick look into the past reveals that 32 was the highest number of winners previously recorded by her Tulloch Lodge stable in the preceding six racing seasons (same two months). Gai has therefore trained 24% more winners this season than her next highest tally (2012/13), at an impressive 23% winners to runners.

What do I put it down to:

1. Gai Waterhouse - a record breaking trainer and hungrier than ever for success, say no more.
2. Quality of bloodstock and clients - the current crop of 3yos include a number of very good class racehorses. In fact 19 of Gai's 42 wins were recorded by this age group including three Group races to Divine Calling, War, and Aussie's Love Sport. Of course you don't have quality bloodstock without the support of great owners.
3. Quality team - Gai has a tremendous group of staff and associates at every level and their hard work shows in the results this season.
4. The Melbourne factor - five winners (from 18 starts) already in Melbourne over the first two months including two Group winners - Fiorente and Divine Calling. Last season Gai trained five winners in Melbourne over 12 months, clearly the extra focus this year in the southern state is paying dividends.

With the two-year-old racing season set to start on Saturday at Randwick, I look forward to seeing if Gai can get this group to beat her decade high 36 2yo wins from last season. With seven nominated across the Breeders Plate and Gimcrack Stakes, another decade high figure, the early signs are good.