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Gai Waterhouse AO

In 1992, Gai Waterhouse was the first woman to gain a licence from the Australian Jockey Club.

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Gai Waterhouse is a track legend in her lifetime. Born in 1952, the daughter of famous trainer, Tommy Smith, she grew up with racing in her blood and a bubbly and determined personality to go with it. Gai was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay, and was an actress, a journalist and stable foreman. She had to fight for her place in a very male world taking on a Supreme Court battle to win her license from the AJC in 1992.

She is now a star personality with her top flight horses at all major race events, recently training the winner of four consecutive Doncaster Handicaps, of the Golden Slipper in Sydney and the winner of The Victoria Derby, Nothin Leica Dane. She is passionate about the sport of racing and being a first class trainer.