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Racing authority takes away Gai pocket money

Guilty trainer Gai Waterhouse is fined by $5500

Gai despite a broken Jack of Hearts

“Fail to report to the stewards any condition or occurrence that may affect the running of a horse in a race” sounds a serious offence.
Yet top Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse is found guilty of just that and fined $5000, a week’s pocket money for her. She was also found guilty of not writing horse treatment in her school notebook – the one with National Velvet on the cover. That cost her $500 so she might have to go a few days without a hair-cut.
The charges followed a problem with More Joyous before the running of the All Aged Stakes on Saturday, April 27. Easing favourite More Joyous ran second last. 
Before the race the mare’s owner John Singleton provoked the inquiry with a public blow-up against Waterhouse during which he said he had been told by three people the mare could not win. Singleton was fined $15,000 making him roughly three times as naughty as Waterhouse.
You would think Waterhouse would be grateful with the result – and perhaps she was – but she unloaded with a classic spray.
Not fair, she said about losing her pocket money.    
The whole hearing is unfair. I have been treated like a third-rate person and my family has been dragged through the mud, through the mire.’
Pretty dramatic that mud-and-mire business if a trifle redundant.
But of course the former actor is not a third-class citizen. She knows the Queen of The British Commonwealth, Elizabeth II.
‘Even the Queen says to her racing manager, “What is going on with Gai Waterhouse in Australia?”,’ Waterhouse told the inquiry on Monday, Australian time.
Waterhouse trains one of the Queen’s nags in Australia, or ‘Orsetraylya” as Royal Liz might call it.
The best riposte to that Waterhouse umbrage came from a Sydney lawyer who had represented former jockey Allan Robinson at an earlier stage of the inquiry.
Yeah that ol’ Queenie munching the Rice Bubbles.”Geezus Phil what’s happened to Gai?..Can we pardon her?” #racingincrisis@brentzerafa
No need for a pardon, New South Racing has almost given her one.
Gambling in Oz

Respect is the word

Gai Waterhouse erupts in extraordinary outburst against John Singleton in defence of her son Tom
We are family

AT the Sydney racing inquiry trainer Gai Waterhouse berated owner John Singleton for intemperate language to threaten her career and that of her bookmaker son, Tom. She proceeded to strafe and possibly down her career with ill-chosen words.

Owners, trainers and jockeys are almost as crucial to the racing industry as gamblers. Waterhouse showed scant respect for her complementary industrialists when she said,
It’s a trumped-up little jockey, a brothel owner and a footballer, and that’s itThat’s why we’re here, that’s what our livelihoods are swinging on in front of you today. They’re the people who are discrediting my son, my husband, and myself.”
Grammarians and advocates of indiscriminate language would bristle at little jockey, a reference to retired jockey Allan Robinson. But grammarians and the politically correct mostly have not the cash to buy racehorses. Ex-footballer and current TV commentator Andrew Johns has. So too do many professionals and business people who regard champion footballers and even jockeys highly, an esteem seemingly not shared by Waterhouse.
The brothel owner in question is Eddie Hayson, a big punter who reportedly owes Gai’s son Tom millions of dollars in gambling debts.

Football Immortal Johns sparked the affair by telling Robinson and Hayson the Singleton owned, Gai Waterhouse trained mare was “off” and could not win the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.

Jones, who said he got the info from Tom Waterhouse, has agreed  to front the racing inquiry on Monday  as has Robinson. Hayson has until Friday to agree to appear.
If he persists to dodge the investigation, Hayson is likely to be banned from every racetrack in the world, perhaps for life.  That would be a heart-wrenching punishment and he does not need Gai Waterhouse belittling him on top of it.
The trainer reserved the unkindest cut of all for owner John Singleton. As well as telling her supposed mate of 35 years he should have shut up, she offered a comparison to explain the failure of his much loved mare More Joyous. “Maybe she’s a seven-year-old mare and she’s old – like you!” Waterhouse said.
She knows full well More Joyous (foaled 20 August 2006) is a 6-year-old. She probably made the intentional error to grab Singleton’s attention for the barb to follow.
Singleton is 71-years-old. Many racehorse owners are around that age, retired and having fun before they go forever to the spelling paddock in the sky. A lot of owners will take exception to that Waterhouse remark and I am sure chief steward Ray Murrihy will mention it in his summation.
It is ironic that Gai Waterhouse retained a dignified silence before the inquiry while Singleton and Tom Waterhouse traded verbal slings.
In one day at the inquiry Waterhouse has blown all her credits of public goodwill.
It would not surprise me to see her retire or vastly scale down her racing business. The Gai 58-year-old said too much.

There is a marked difference between vitriol and sat

Entertaining racing inquiry wins

Singo Waterhouses slug it out and they should let us watch on TV
It’s a phar lap to the end of this tail

OWNER John Singleton was drunk. Racehorse More Joyous was “off” and unfit to run. Trainer Gai Waterhouse forgot the required paper-work. Someone at a television station helped rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns with his homework. No one laid a glove on ever-smiling bookmaker Tom Waterhouse but discussion of his betting records wait for another today.
Today, Monday, Australian time, the New South Wales  Racing inquiry rose above salacious expectations reinforcing that racing stewards were spoilsports in not allowing it to be televised.
So far no one has dug out any huge scalp but it was satisfying to hear trainer Gai Waterhouse  and her bookmaker son Tom yelling across the stewards’ room that John Singleton’s drunkenness was the reason they were all there.
The official reason was Singleton had publicly declared at Randwick racecourse that trainer Waterhouse had told book maker Waterhouse Singo’s champion mare More Joyous could not win the All Aged Stakes.
More Joyous duly vindicated Singo’s prediction to finish second last.
Gai Waterhouse became indignant during the inquiry in the NSW capital of Sydney. She described Singleton’s accusations as “outlandish”. When asked with  whom she spoke about More Joyous’s condition, Waterhouse snapped, “What are you implying?” The point of the question was obvious and unworthy of her umbrage.
The trainer had to admit an error in that pre-race treatments of More Joyous were not recorded in the mare’s logbook. This is not as serious a breach as it first sounds because both the trainer’s and owner’s vets had signed off on the treatments described as routine. The treatments did not come within the gamut of the major naughty of not reporting directly to stewards a horse’s illness, injury or treatment which might affect its performance.
This exchange between Chief Steward Ray Murrihy puts the issue into perspective.
Waterhouse:  ‘‘We never tried to hide anything,”.
Murrihy: ‘‘I’m not suggesting you did, but it’s important those records are accurate.’’
Translate that into the trainer awaits a hefty fine – hefty by you or my standards, not so much by those of the cashed-up Waterhouse clan. As with all matters horse racing, some people were tipped off. Before the inquiry a few reporters said Waterhouse would be fined. The rest of us could not see why. Now we know.
Mother and son both accused Singleton of being drunk when he accosted the trainer before t.he race. The owner said he had had only three beers. An unkinder remark from Gai Waterhouse was that Singleton had so unsettled More Joyous jockey Nash Rawiller that he rode a bad race. This was really turning the affair on its head. When Singleton approached Waterhouse she was discussing riding tactics with Rawiller. We all saw on television that the jockey looked like he was praying the earth would open up so he could hide in a hole
But the trainer was on shaky ground when she said Rawiller had a bad ride as he gave More Joyous the run of the race behind the leader. The alternative tactic of challenging the front runner Rain Affair could only have ended in the eventual winner All Too Hard winning more easily. Singleton said Rawiller had a great ride and I think most of the racing crowd would agree.
Singleton seemed to have mellowed at  the inquiry, admitting to bookmaker Tom Waterhouse Johns had told him he planned to back More Joyous. Yet Singo stuck with the unravelling story that Johns said on the Saturday of the race “the horse is off”.
“It’s his favourite expression … (he meant) it’s not going to win,” Singleton said. John’s favourite expression, doesn’t that suggest it was a throwaway line, apparently first offered by the ex-footballer over many beers at a footy game on Friday night.
Johns had recanted but Singleton made light of that “I thought someone’s been eating the dictionary or someone at Channel Nine has been improving his  vocabulary.”  To be fair to Johns he does like to introduce a casual big word into his football commentary and sometimes he gets the meaning right.
You can’t help but feeling chief steward Murrihy is enjoying himself at this inquiry. He asked Singo why he had not brought his concerns to the stewards.
“All I had was hearsay from an ex-jockey and a famous footballer,”Singleton replied. Kaching! That’s the sound of the steward’s cash register accepting a substantial fine from the racehorse owner.
Murrihy even managed to top master of the one-liner, Singo. For the first time, stewards exercised new-found powers to access telephone calls of the witnesses. “They do provide an interesting matrix,” Murrihy said. Perhaps he was referring to The Matrix movies. They were certainly interesting but ultimately impenetrable as to meaning.
Thankfully, the inquiry continues.


Horsey tales underpin the Don key

Adman John Singleton races to war with trainer Gai Waterhouse and son Tom
Don Singote

CONVERSATION around water-coolers today is not about television talent show The Voice; it is about a racehorse owner spitting the dummy over his millionaire mare More Joyousfinishing unplaced.

The poor performance has turned disappointment into embittered keyhole accusations of collusion befitting Mafia Dons.
Owner John Singleton says his trainer Gai Waterhouse has a conflict of interest because son Tom is a bookmaker. Singleton removed his seven racehorses from her stable.
Gai Waterhouse is a wealthy Australian racehorse trainer, the daughter of legendary trainer Tom Smith.
She married into the family of legendary bookmakers the Waterhouses and her son Tom is a rich turf accountant.
Racehorse breeder and owner John Singleton has heaps of dough, made from advertising and radio stations.
Singo said he was about to pop $100, 000 on More Joyous when three of his mates told him Tom Waterhouse told them the mare was crook and could not win.
The ad man has been in business most of his life and must have known he was calling foul, illegal foul, insider trading.
Tom Waterhouse lawyered up and threatened defamation action against Singo. The writ is yet to be filed.
The racing stewards have called an inquiry for Monday, May 6. Their previous generation of stewards pulled the bookmaker’s licence of Gai’s husband, Tom’s father Robbie for the best part of a decade.
But that was in the days when bookies bet from racetracks. Tom is an internet bookie and whether the stewards can pull his licence is in doubt. Singleton as a registered owner is more clearly prone to the wrath of stewards.
My betting is Singo will not be able to substantiate his allegations.
The media identified two of his three mates who got the drum from Tom Waterhouse as former champion jockey Malcolm Johnson and former champion rugby league player Andrew Johns. Both have denied saying that to Singo.
Even if they did, it is hearsay on Singleton’s part. If Tom Waterhouse persists in the defamation action, which I do not think he will, I rate Singleton as a million to one on defending the writ.
The question of insider trading is tricky.
Unlike other sports, gambling has been integral to horse racing for centuries.
Britain’s Queen Anne established the public racecourse Royal Ascot in 1711. Shortly after bookmakers plied their trade.
The first official bookmaker Harry Ogden, opened his business in the 1790s.
Bookmakers take up to 20% from the pool before a race begins. Yet astute punters have always overcome that disadvantage and they will continue to do so. They get the “tips”, the “good oil”. the “drum”, emanating from racehorse stables.
Insider trading can be defined as profiting from private information not available to the general public. It is the grease of successful gambling.
I am not suggesting that Gai Waterhouse provided inside information. But they must discuss horses and the son could make of it what he would.
There have been some crook laws in our time but you cannot legislate a bookmaker should not have a licence because his mum is a trainer.
You cannot help but think Singo has shot off a the mouth and a lot of people will be munching on an distasteful can of worms.