After a 15-year apprenticeship with her father, the legendary TJ Smith, and a prolonged battle with officialdom, Gai was granted her licence to train thoroughbreds in January 1992, ultimately taking the reins as Randwick's leading trainer.
Gai Waterhouse Racing Stables - In just over a decade at the helm of mighty Tulloch Lodge, Gai Waterhouse has established a place among the nation's all-time leading trainers, combining tradition and innovation to reach the pinnacle of her profession. Focus, vision and unflagging energy have enabled Gai Waterhouse to capture 114 Group 1 winners, more than 300 coveted black type trophies, four NSW Premierships, 7 Sydney Trainer's Premierships and won leading G1 trainer for 08/09 season.
Gai's track record extends beyond the racecourse to the sale ring where she's proven herself to be an astute yearling judge - look no further than dual Group One winner Assertive Lass as well as Victoria Derby winner Nothin' Leica Dane, four times Group 1 winner Juggler, multiple Group winner Excellerator and 2YO champion racehorse of the year and Triple Crown winner Dance Hero for evidence Gai has "the eye". Astute purchases of tried horses that Gai has dramatically improved include Electronic, Stony Bay, Hula Flight, Coco Cobanna and In Joyment - all Group 1 winners in their first season with Gai.
Gai is a phenomenon, an Australian icon, and her achievements are a testimony to what vision, planning, hard work, energy and dedication can produce.
Flemington & Randwick Stables
some career highlights
Won Sydney trainer's premiership with 104.5 wins. Recorded 10 Group One wins - only the sixth trainer to do so in one season. Third trainer in history to prepare 100-plus Sydney winners.
Recorded 11 group 1 wins in season setting her all time record. Trained Champion 2YO of the Year Dance Hero to become the horse to win the Magic Millions and Golden Slipper, as well as the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown.
100th black type win with Zabeel filly Zacheline
Winner of the Golden Slipper trifecta with Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red *Hannigan - a feat never achieved in this race.
"She's it. She's racing, the allure, the glamour, the public face of racing."
Honoured with the VRC and Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association Archer Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the Australian racing industry.
Equalled her all time best record with 11 Group 1 wins
Won the Group 1 AGC Doncaster handicap in four successive years- 6 times in twelve years.
Became the only trainer to Quinella the Doncaster and Sydney Cup ( Both group 1) in the same season.
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