There was a great relief in the Waterhouse household with Vancouver coming through with flying colours, winning Saturday’s group 3 Canonbury in barnstorming style. Continue reading “Blind faith comes up trumps for Gai Waterhouse with Vancouver”
Sorry, Gai. My wife was furious when she read my piece last week, before publication, on Tommy Berry’s poor ride on Mardi: “You can’t publicly knock my jockeys. You’ve got no right to put into print our private thoughts. Please ring the editor, now, and remove that part from your column.” The conversation wasn’t helped by our being in the company of a couple who were lawyers, with a lot of defamation experience. One said: “On reading it, Gai, it is fine, it is only defamatory of you and your training!” He didn’t help the situation. Continue reading “My criticism of Tommy Berry hits close to home”
Randwick course curator Nevesh Ramdani must have been delighted with Saturday’s track. It was excellent. This is a big concession coming from me, as I have been, over the years, a constant critic of the course. But the only criticism I can make is that it should have been described as “track fast”. Continue reading “Randwick track is finally getting up to standard”
This piece is allowed no photographs!
Stories normally need photos, but this article is about the odd people who are attacking horse racing. Photos are like oxygen. The protestors can’t be allowed any exposure, so no images are in this piece. Continue reading “Get the Facts Straight – claims Rob Waterhouse as he explains the reality of racing thoroughbreds”
A serious issue for racing is the course proper at headquarters – Randwick. It is an unfair surface and the punters, racing’s only customers, don’t like to bet there. This is a huge financial cost to racing. Continue reading “Too much kindness is killing Randwick track”
We all love staying races – especially Gai, with her Melbourne Cup under her belt – but there is a seemingly unstoppable demise of these races Brisbane Cup, the Perth Cup and the Canberra Cup are examples of races whose distances have been reduced. Continue reading “Distance Racing”
There is a misguided move, I understand, to have the Australian Racing Board produce guidelines to curators having them produce, no better than, ‘dead’ tracks. Continue reading “The Watering Track Debate ‘The misguided move to produce softer tracks’”