"Above all, racing should be great fun, and we work hard to ensure our owners are involved and informed every step of the way."
A lifetime with thoroughbreds, a thirst for knowledge and the ability to truly listen to her four-legged charges have given Gai a distinct edge in a competitive profession. She has successfully combined tradition and innovation to establish herself amongst the world's most respected trainers.
Dedication, determination, devotion and discipline - the famous "four Ds" that enabled Gai's legendary father T J Smith to break world records - are the hallmarks of Gai's approach.
But training winners is much more than just a business for Gai. She has a reputation for unsurpassed communication with owners, bringing to racing her own special panache and - in her own words - a joie de vivre
Tulloch Lodge - Ahead Of The Rest
Gai Waterhouse is based at the epicentre of Australian racing at Sydney’s Randwick racetrack, with headquarters at historic Tulloch Lodge, a proven source of champions.
As well as Tulloch Lodge, Gai has the ultra-modern Bounding Away Stables on Doncaster Avenue with direct access to Randwick racetrack, while satellite arrangements in other capital cities enable Gai to place horses to best advantage year round with excellent results.
Gai has worked full-time at Tulloch Lodge since 1978 alongside her father, before gaining her licence in 1992 and ultimately taking the reins as leading Randwick trainer.
"Dad always liked to be first at morning trackwork and I think he’s right," says Gai of the stable where the day begins at 3.15am. "There are advantages to being ahead of the rest and I am sure the horses appreciate a freshly groomed and even course."
A lifetime with thoroughbreds, a thirst for knowledge and the ability to truly listen to her four-legged charges have given Gai a distinct edge in a competitive profession. She has successfully combined tradition and innovation to establish herself among the world’s most respected trainers.
"TJ pioneered modern training methods, dramatically altering current thinking about horse nutrition and health and he was renowned for the "bone-and-muscle" regime that produced fit horses," says Gai. ''"There are so many things he taught me and I have blended his incredible legacy with my own style. I think my record is a tribute to the philosophy of combining the best of both worlds. And I work hard at what I do because I love doing it, and I want to be the best."
Gai’s clients are encouraged to participate and are welcome to attend trackwork, barrier trials and open days at the stables.
Stables Steeped In History
Tulloch Lodge in Bowral Street, Kensington, is the headquarters of Gai Waterhouse Racing Stables. This home to a multitude of past and present champions runs in conjunction with the nearby ultra-modern Bounding Away and Tempest Morn Lodges on Doncaster Avenue, and Chiltern Stables adjacent to the William Inglis & Son Sale Complex.
Each yard has its own celebrated history and unique character.
The 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.
Gai also has boxes at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne.
Royal Randwick - Epicentre of Australian Racing
Training facilities at Royal Randwick are second-to-none. Gai's techniques incorporate using a variety of track surfaces, swimming, both in the equine pool and at nearby Botany Bay, handwalking her horses over the hills which form Randwick's backdrop, treadmill work and many other modern aids. All horses are weighed regularly.
Owners are welcome to attend early-morning trackwork sessions, with gallops commencing around 4.30 a.m.!
"Dad always liked to be first at morning trackwork and I think he's right", says Gai. "I am sure the horses appreciate a freshly groomed and even course."