Gai Waterhouse achieved legend status in the Australian horse racing Hall of Fame

Legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse is a legend of Australian horse racing.

Prolific trainer Gai Waterhouse picked up another accolade at the Australian Horse Racing awards, elevated to Legendary status within the Hall of Fame

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  • Gai Waterhouse has enjoyed a stellar career in Australian racing.
  • The ‘First Lady’ of Australian racing is showing no sign of slowing.
  • Aged 71, Waterhouse has teamed up with Adrian Bott to continue dominating the Australian racing scene.
  • She was named a legend of Australian racing at the 2023 Hall of Fame awards.

Very few trainers in world horse racing have enjoyed a career as successful and extensive as Gai Waterhouse, with the 71-year-old having resided over some of the very best horses to have ever competed. 

Any horses hailing from Waterhouse’s yard are always highly thought of by punters and online betting alike and with even more success in 2023, there appears to be no sign of Gai Waterhouse easing up.  

Having enjoyed a training career that stretches back until the start of the 1990’s, Gai Waterhouse has long been a reliable person to follow, for both punters and Aussie bookmakers

Dubbed the ‘First Lady’ of Australian horse racing, Gai Waterhouse’s incredible career was recognised at the 2023 Australian Horse Racing Awards, where she was elevated to legendary status within the Hall of Fame.  

Life in the limelight 

Naysayers and distractors will all point to the fact that Gai Waterhouse grew up in a horse racing family when quantifying her success but her record in the game is unrivalled. 
Bagging her first Group 1 winners back in 1995, Gai Waterhouse has been the go-to trainer in Australia for the best part of 30 years. 
Key to her success has been her humility in the often hostile racing world, as well as her ability to keep evolving with the times and trends. 
Her current training coalition with Adrian Bott is continuing to be prolific and with her global racing status at an all-time high, it was no surprise to see Gai Waterhouse awarded legendary status within the Australian racing Hall of Fame.  
Group 1 Great 

Whilst winning big races is always the big attraction for punters, plenty of notable online betting sites look for trends within the betting ring when it matters most. 
Winning a Group 1 race is the ultimate accolade for any Australian jockey, trainer, or owner and incredibly, Gai Waterhouse has managed to win 158 Group 1 contests. 
Bagging the Melbourne Cup with Fiorente back in 2013 will always be a recognisable career highlight for Gai Waterhouse and connections but with a whole host of other famous wins to call upon too, her status as a legendary horse racing trainer, both in Australia and further afield, is undoubted. 
No sign of slowing down 

At the age of 71 and with a racing dynasty behind her, Gai Waterhouse would be forgiven for easing off the pace a little at this stage in her life. 
However, it would appear that she knows no other way and she remains as prolific as ever, with a whole host of wins being celebrated by punters and online betting sites in 2023. 
Alongside Adrian Bott, Gai Waterhouse trained 5 Group 1 race winners in 2023, with the prolific Alligator Blood the pick of the bunch – winning the Futurity Stakes and the Underwood Stakes. 
Dining at the top table of Australian racing is no mean feat but Gai Waterhouse has done it for the best 30 years and fresh off her elevation to legendary status within the world of Australian horse racing, she will be confident of bagging plenty more race wins through 2024 and beyond. 

The career of Gai Waterhouse has been etched into Australian horse racing folklore for some time, with the First Lady of Australian racing having bagged over 150 Group 1 winners. 
She was elevated to ‘legend’ status in the Hall of Fame at the 2023 Australian Horse Awards last week, a gong that was thoroughly deserved and she continues to blaze a trail at the very sharp end of Australian racing.