Gai and Adrian train miRunners thoroughbred Not A Royal Doubt. She had her race debut in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic in 2018, and will return to work soon to begin her 2019 Autumn preparation.
Gai Waterhouse is no stranger to winning. After a 12-year apprentice at Tulloch Lodge under her father T.J Smith, Gai recorded a winner in her first race, her first metropolitan race and her first Group One race – no mean feat.
One might think nowadays that The Lady Trainer would rest on her laurels but Gai is determined to keep on winning. In 2007 she was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and across 20 years of racing Gai has recorded over 135 Group One wins, not far behind her father and Bart Cummings on the all-time list. In her career so far, she has had over 3,850 winners.
Co-Trainer Adrian Bott has always surrounded himself with thoroughbreds. Growing up at Segenhoe Stud, Adrian’s track record, passion for and dedication to racing and breeding was instrumental to Gai offering him the much-coveted role of co-trainer at Tulloch Lodge in Randwick. It took just six days after the partnership was formed for Adrian and Gai to record their first winner in the stakes company when Thronum won the ATC Rosebud-LR.
Not A Single Doubt as a sire speaks for himself – he is a sire of eight Group 1 winners and importantly, perhaps more than any other sire, his progeny is very much noted as early two-year-old runners. Most of the time they are compact horses and have a lot of strength about them.
They are not always big horses but they definitely have that muscle definition consistent with early two-year-old runners. This is also why his 33 lots at the 2018 Magic Millions Sales recorded an average sale price of $265,000 with a top price of $700,000.
Proving to be one of Australia’s most reliable sources of early runners, tellingly two-year-olds, supply one third of his stakes winners.
Not a Royal Doubt is out of the winning Royal Academy mare Royal Pageant, who is a blood sister to stakes winner Academy Dancer and a half-sister to listed winners Omnitrader and Stockade. Royal Pageant is one of Australia’s most sought after broodmare sires, and are known for running early.
|Prize money||Over $250M|
|Group 1 wins||136|
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