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Name: The Bull

Gender: Colt

Sire: Lope de Vega

Dam: It's Who Deanie

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Foal Date: 7/10/2012

 

“THE BULL” HEADING TO GAI

Bruce Slade from Round Table Racing has identified a major opportunity for prospective owners with 77 stakes races held in Australia every season worth $20m in prize-money for three-year-olds at 1600m and beyond.

The European breeding season places thoroughbreds bred in that hemisphere at a
disadvantage due to the age difference. Slade, deliberately targeted thoroughbreds he believed would develop in their classic season and give owners an opportunity to focus in on this rich prizemoney.

This colt is one of those yearlings Slade selected earlier this year from the Inglis auction ring by Lope de Vega out of the precocious winning juvenile, It’s Who Deanie.

The chestnuts sire, Lope de Vega retired for stud duties in 2011 after winning four of his nine race starts which included two Group 1 victories in the Prix du Jockey Club, French Derby, and, the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, 2,000 Guineas.

Those victories ensured Lope de Vega was named champion 3YO in France in 2010 over distances from 1900m to 2200metres. In the Derby, Lope de Vega defeated Planteur (winner of seven races including the Group 1 Prix Ganay) and in the Guineas the chestnut son of Shamardal defeated, Dick Turpin (winner of eight races including the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat).

In winning those prestigious races in France, Lope de Vega emulated his sires deeds on the track, Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway).

NOT ENOUGH? Lope de Vega’s oldest progeny in the southern hemisphere turned two-years-old August 1st. The horse has runners in the northern hemisphere, as of September 14th, from 36 starters, 13 are winners, a runner to winner ratio of 36.1%. More importantly the young sire has two stakes winners Burnt Sugar (ex Lady Livius by Titus Livius) winner of the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton and Belardo (ex Danaskaya by Danehill) winner of a Listed event at Newbury.

The colts career and syndicate will be managed by Bruce Slade
from Round Table Racing.

Another racing season and another landmark in the stellar training career of Gai Waterhouse.

In her 21st year at the helm of Australia’s greatest ever racing stable, Tulloch Lodge,
Waterhouse trained her first Melbourne Cup winner, Fiorente, a galloper whose credentials establish him as one of the best of the thousands of horses she has handled.

During the 2013-2014 season Fiorente contributed four of the 167-1/2 wins around Australia by Waterhouse-trained horses. He also contributed around $4.5m of the $18.8 million won by her runners during the year. That figure put her in second place, behind only Chris Waller, on the national prizemoney table.

It also continued the cavalcade of success that makes her one of the world’s most successful racehorse trainers.

From the time she was granted a trainers’ licence in January, 1992, Waterhouse has been setting the standard for success. Her first winner was Gifted Poet at Hawkesbury in March, 1992, her first Group One win was delivered by Te Akau Nick in the same year and the first of seven Sydney trainers’ premierships came in only her third full season.

Waterhouse has trained an average of more than 100 winners a year from the time began and in the 2002-2003 racing season she led in 156 winners in Sydney, a record that matched that of her father, T. J. Smith.

As well as giving her a breakthrough success in the nation’s greatest race, Fiorente’s Cup win placed Waterhouse alongside Bart Cummings as the only trainer to lead in the winners of both the Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper in the same year. Overreach’s success in the 2013 Slipper was her fifth in the world’s premier juvenile event, a race in which she is the only trainer to have prepared the first three placegetters, a feat achieved in 2001 with Ha HaExcellerator and Red Hanigan. Waterhouse has also won seven Doncaster Handicaps, four of them in succession.

She has twice trained 11 Group One winners in a season, a record for an Australian trainer. Waterhouse added yet another string to her bow in the season past with her first American runner, Pornichet in the Group One Belmont Derby in New York.

As impressive as the Waterhouse record is at the upper level, her ability to get returns for owners across the board is an equally significant tribute, typified on Cup day itself when along with her breakthrough Melbourne Cup success, she won a three-year-old maiden at Kembla Grange.

And all the signs are there that 2014-15 will be another exceptional year for a trainer who is a lot more than merely the face of Australian racing.