About Us

ABOUT US

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing is one of Australia’s leading horse trainers

with facilities in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a partnership which was formed in 2016

between leading Lady Trainer Gai Waterhouse, daughter of racing legend TJ Smith, and

Adrian Bott, who grew up in the racing world and has created a well-respected name

for himself in the industry.

 

Top Performers of Recent Years

 

Our performance is consistently one of the top among Australian trainers, in terms of both places and prize money.

We’ve trained over 130 Group One winners, two of the six horses to have won the two-year-old Triple Crown

(Dance Hero and Pierro) and attained a trifecta in the prestigious Golden Slipper Stakes (a feat never before

achieved in this race).

 

Our Facilities

 

The heart of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing is the historic Tulloch Lodge,

located at Bowral Street, Kensington, seven kilometres from the Sydney CBD.

 

In addition to Tulloch Lodge, we own nearby Tempest Morn Lodge and Chiltern Stables, as well as the ultra-modern

Bounding Away Stables which provide direct access to Randwick Racecourse. We also own boxes at Flemington

Racecourse, Melbourne and have arrangements in other capital cities so we can place horses where they are best

positioned to achieve results.

 

Each yard has its own celebrated history and unique character. Horses are accommodated where they are

happiest. They have access to day yards, are housed on luxurious straw bedding and provided with superior feed,

care and supervision.

 

Training facilities at Royal Randwick are second-to-none. The techniques employed by Gai and Adrian include

training horses on a variety of track surfaces, swimming - both in the equine pool and at nearby Botany Bay - the

handwalking of horses over Randwick’s hills, treadmill work and the use of many modern aids. All horses are

weighed regularly.

 

Gai’s father, TJ Smith, made significant contributions to current thinking around horse nutrition and was renowned

for his ‘bone-and-muscle’ regime that produced fit and strong horses. Gai and Adrian have blended his legacy with

their own observations with the aim of ensuring that every horse achieves its full potential.

 

We encourage owners to participate and attend trackwork, barrier trials and open days at the stables. Owners are

also welcome to attend early morning gallops beginning around 4:30 a.m.

 

   

 

Our Leadership

 

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing’s strength – which differentiates us in the racing

industry – is the experience of our team.

 

 

 

Gai Waterhouse

A lifetime with thoroughbreds, a thirst for knowledge and the ability to truly listen to her four-legged charges has given Gai a distinctive edge in a competitive profession. She has successfully combined tradition and innovation to establish herself as one of the world’s most respected trainers. Daughter of famous trainer and inaugural Racing Hall of Fame inductee TJ Smith, Gai obtained her trainer’s licence in January 1992 after spending twelve years as TJ’s apprentice. She has since trained over 138 Group One winners, collected 7 Sydney trainers’ premierships and was the first Australian female trainer to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.
 

 

 

Adrian Bott

The son of successful breeder Tony Bott, Adrian Bott became passionate about horses at an early age, growing up at one of the leading nurseries in the Hunter Valley. Adrian completed a Bachelor in Design Computing, but knew that the Thoroughbred industry was where he wanted to make a career. Adrian worked as a cadet steward at Racing NSW before receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigious Godolphin Flying Start Program – a two-year program providing international management and leadership training in the Thoroughbred industry. Having completed the program, Adrian commenced working for Gai Waterhouse and through hard work and complete dedication to the job, Adrian formed a training partnership with the Leading Lady in 2016.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

Emma Pearce

Racing Manager

Claudia Miller

Sales & Communications Manager

Andrea Heinrich

Executive Assistant to

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

 

 

 

Our History

 

The story of Tulloch Lodge began in 1941 when TJ Smith, Gai’s father, received his training licence. During the

next fifty years, Tulloch Lodge produced some of the best horses ever to run in Australia, including the legendary

Kingston Town and Tulloch. TJ became the most successful trainer of Group One winners in Australia, training a

record 282 winners, and receiving 33 consecutive trainers’ premierships.

In 1992, TJ handed the reins to his daughter Gai, who has become a racing sensation in her own right and has

steered Tulloch Lodge to new heights in the 21st century. Following in her father’s footsteps, Gai has trained

over 130 Group One winners, including six Golden Slippers (equalling her father TJ Smith’s record) and a

Melbourne Cup.

Today, Gai and Adrian have hit the ground running as a partnership having been recognised as the most successful

trainers of the Spring Carnival in 2017. The dynamic duo have also trained Group 1 winners Global Glamour (x2),

Prompt Response and English.