Whether it is Australia, Europe or any other place in the world, spring and summer bring the most cherishing colors on the horseracing tracks. The elegant display of fashion and style reminds us of how intensely spring and festivities of horse racing are interconnected together. The evolution of women’s dressing class and manner has evolved in the most striking way over past decades, which is worth waiting for. Whether it is the dress, hat, or accessories; horseracing is the best experience, which shows off the latest of trends from high street fashion to race wear and trackside.
It will not be wrong to say that many ladies at horse racing fascinate thousands of eyes because of their style and poise but not everyone is an achiever at the same time. ‘The lady of horseracing’, to whom I personally adore not only because of her accomplishments and contributions in the history of horse racing but also for depicting the true Australian soul of a fashioista; none other than Gai Waterhouse.
Gai was born to a well-known successful trainer of thoroughbred racing horses, Thomas John Smith – TJ Smith. He had the honor of winning the richest horserace of Australia – Melbourne Cup, twice along with thirty-three consecutive years of winning the Sydney Trainers Premiership, four Caulfield Cups, seven W. S. Cox Plates, six Golden Slippers, and thirty-five derby winners across Australia, thus claiming 279 Group One winners. With such a rich captivating background, when Gai decided to respect her father’s footsteps as a horse trainer, all eyes were wondering, if A Lady will be able to carry her father’s legacy and keep Tulloch Lodge as exceptional as ever?
Waterhouse not only excelled the expectations but set the record at the racing track that her first horse always seized the first position whether it was a race, metropolitan race, Group One race or jumps race. She stands third after her father TJ Smith and Bart Cummings in winning the most Group One races. She has been honoured by Australian Racing Hall of Fame just after fifteen years of her contribution to horseracing. She won Golden Slipper six times and Doncaster Handicap seven times. Her three trained horses Fiorente, Glencadam Gold and The Offer won multiple races along with Group One. So far only 6 horses have won the two-year-old Triple Crown in the history of Sydney. Out of those six winners, two Dance Hero (2004) and Pierro (2012) were trained by Gai. She stands exceptional by maintaining more Group One winnings for two-year-olds than any other trainer in Australia.
Gai’s courage, willpower and solidity never left a stone unturned. She has the eye for winners. Her convincing business methodology just aims for the outstanding success. She sets the benchmark higher by proving that 90% of her trainees WIN. Females envy her audacity and determination, which is not meagre, in the field ruled by men trainers. She is the role model for today’s generation, who want to outshine in horseracing. I am not hesitant to say at all that a powerful and fashionista with strong business acumen lady like Gai Waterhouse is born once in a millennium.
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