|Gai Waterhouse (maiden name Gabriel
Marie Smith) was born in Scotland on 2 September 1954. Even though Waterhouse's achildhood was dominated by the world of horse racing as her father was the legendary Randwick trainer TJ Smith, the lure of modeling and acting was far more attractive to her. She successfully explored these avenues, appearing in the Australian drama "The Young Doctors", and then moved to England and featured in "Doctor Who: The
Invasion of Time".
Upon her return to Australia, she succumbed
to horse racing, and studied under her father for 15 years as an
apprentice, before obtaining her own license in 1992, and, in due course taking the title of Randwick's leading trainer. In the season of
1994-1995, her father became ill, and conceded the Tulloch Lodge
stable to her.
|Waterhouse hit the big time at the Melbourne Cup
in 1995, when Nothin' Leica Dane won the race, just three days after
winning the Victoria Derby. This was the first three year-old to have done so since Skipton in 1941.
Proving that she wasn't
just a pretty face, Waterhouse equaled her fathers training record, by
concluding the 2002/03 season with 156 metropolitan wins. Waterhouse
continued to produce excellent results and by the beginning
of 2007 she notched up her 75th win in Group One races for the Gai Waterhouse
stable at Tulloch Lodge, and was also inducted into the Australian
Racing Hall of Fame in November of the same year.
Gai Waterhouse - 10 Notable Horses Trained
Te Akau Nick
Nothin' Leica Dane
All Our Mob
Martin PipeSean TarryRick Dutrow JrLee FreedmanMike BassLuca CumaniJohn GosdenJeremy Noseda