Waterhouse Bounces Into Action At Warrnambool
Trainer-of-the-moment Gai Waterhouse put the More Joyous drama behind her when she bounced into action on day one of the Warrnambool carnival on Tuesday.
While millionaire owner John Singleton's decision to remove his horses from Waterhouse's stable after the blow up around the performance of his glamour mare More Joyous at Randwick last Saturday has commanded national headlines, the lady trainer went racing as if nothing had happened.
Waving to racegoers who shouted encouragement as she arrived at the course, Waterhouse went on to speak at a race day luncheon before a crowd of 500 after declining to comment on the unseemly affair.
A media swarm was waiting for Waterhouse but she deflected any questions about the Singleton situation with breezy comments about the weather and her delight at being at the Warrnambool carnival for the first time.
The media also focused on her bookmaker husband Robbie Waterhousem, who is working at the carnival running a stand for his son Tom Waterhouse.
Singleton has accused the trainer f passing on sensitive information to her son about More Joyous' fitness before she raced last weekend.
The matter is under investigation by stewards and an inquiry will continue on Monday.
Waterhouse's attendance helped hose down the usual controversy that always surrounds jumps racing at the Warrnambool carnival.
With jumps racing under pressure from animal rights lobbyists, the Warrnambool meeting is targeted by protestors as it features Australia's longest and most gruelling horse race, Thursday's Grand Annual Steeplechase.
Tuesday's opening event was division of the maiden hurdle. IT was won by Viking Tiger, trained by local horseman Ciaron Maher with another Warrnambool-trained runner, Love Or Gold taking out the second division.
The only casualty in the two races was jockey Gerrard Gilmour who was taken to hospital after falling from Lake Eerie.
There was a fall in the Brierly Steeplechase but horse and jokey were unscathed.