Gai Waterhouse claimed to have been treated like a third rate person when the inquiry into the performance of More Joyous in the Group 1 $400,000 Yarraman Park All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 27 resumed today.
As the third day of hearings got under way, Waterhouse also stated the whole investigation was unfair and even the Queen had noticed the goings on through the world wide coverage it has received.
“Even the Queen says to her racing manager ‘what is going on with Gai Waterhouse in Australia’,” Waterhouse said.
“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.
“All these people who have been to the inquiry have had to sit next to the major player and have been inhibited by Mr Singleton.
“It is shoddy and embarrassing to racing.”
Waterhouse is currently training Carlton House which races under the ownership of Her Majesty The Queen.
Waterhouse is facing two charges arising out the inquiry that was started when More Joyous’ high profile owner John Singleton had a verbal stoush with his trainer before and after the running the race, saying that her bookmaker son Tom Waterhouse knew that More Joyous had a problem before he did.
Singleton was subsequently fined $15,000 on two charges of conduct prejudicial to racing while Waterhouse is facing two charges relating to not reporting the pre-race treatment of More Joyous prior to the running of the All Aged Stakes.
Racing New South Wales stewards have charged Waterhouse with not keeping proper stable records of veterinary treatments and why she did not report any issues with More Joyous that could affect her performance.
Waterhouse with her counsel Malcolm Ramage, QC, presented the inquiry with a twenty-three page submission maintaining that More Joyous was fit to run even though she had been treated late in the week for a neck problem.
And that Singleton’s antics on race day had agitated her.
“Thanks to Mr Singleton I couldn’t think straight,” Waterhouse said.
“I was so agitated. He was crazed. He was a crazy person.”
Waterhouse is also blaming the hard Randwick track and the terrible riding instructions issued by Singleton to jockey Nash Rawiller before the mare finished a fading seventh of eight behind All Too Hard.
“The owner gave the most disgraceful riding instructions to the jockey in the All Aged Stakes,” Waterhouse said.
The top Randwick trainer is pleading not guilty to the two charges, while Singleton immediate;y removed all of his horses from Waterhouse’s stable.