There’s just no denying the first lady of racing.
When Con Te Partiro stormed to victory in the Group One Coolmore Legacy at Randwick on Saturday for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott it marked the 143rd Group One for Gai.
This autumn the stable has notched Group Ones with Con Te Partiro (2), Farnan and Shout The Bar.
Gai had reached 120 Group One winners before she joined forces with Adrian Bott in 2016 and their first major winner together was Thronum and their first Group I winner was Global Glamour in the 2016 Sydney Airport Flight Stakes.
Only her late father Tommy Smith (282) and Bart Cummings (266) have trained more Group One winners than Gai.
Gai has been recuperating from surgery in recent weeks and hasn’t been attending race meetings, but she’s definitely not just a passenger in the training partnership.
Her social media postings show the joy she gets from every success and training partner Adrian Bott confirms Gai is in constant phone contact every waking hour.
Client communications have been a strong point for Gai over the seasons and Ontrack owners in Gallant Mist have enjoyed the depth of information the Waterhouse-Bott stable deliver with their Lohnro colt who has just completed his first preparation at Tulloch Lodge.
The information comes through like clockwork each week and is detailed and informative and is always a reminder why Gai is the undisputed Queen of racing.