Rumours of Gai Waterhouse’s retirement have been buried by an avalanche of Group One success.
Gai has been absent from Sydney racing recently due to a medical procedure and that prompted speculation that the First Lady of Racing might be about to bow out.
But the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable has bounced back with a remarkable run of success that includes Group One victories on three consecutive Saturdays in Sydney.
The run began with Con Te Partiro in the Coolmore Stakes before Farnan won the Golden Slipper and was completed by Shout The Bar in the Vinery Stakes.
Shout The Bar’s Vinery win throws a light on the stable’s incredible ability to produce fit horses when the big races roll around.
The Vinery Stakes was Shout The Bar’s fourth career start yet she led and kept finding to fend out the best three-year-old fillies in the land.
A daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Shout the Bar had her first start in a Benchmark 58 for fillies and mares and she was heavily backed when scoring a dominant win over 1100 metres.
She won a Benchmark 64 over the same distance before stepping to 1600 metres when beaten a nose in the Group Three Kembla Grange Classic.
The Vinery saw her step to 2000 metres at her fourth start and the stable’s groundwork paid off with a tough win.
It’s that ability to identify talent and then go after the big prizes that has been a hallmark of Gai’s glittering career.
Interestingly Ontrack bought a Capitalist filly out of Urban Groove, a mare Gai Waterhouse trained, at the January Magic Millions Sale.
Urban Groove raced only three times before injury curtailed her career, but Gai had her pegged as a topliner very early.
She won her maiden by panels at Kembla Grange then headed to town and won the Listed Reg Allen Stakes and at start three was fourth in the Group One Flight Stakes.
It’s that ability to identify talent and go after the big races that sets Gai and Adrian at the top of the tree when it comes to trainers in Australia and they’ve got plenty more talent to showcase the stable over the rest of the Autumn carnival.