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Horse Detail

Name: Sweet Redemption

Gender: Mare

Sire: Snitzel

Dam: Redeeming Lass

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Foal Date: 24/10/2012



This filly is by leading sire, Snitzel (by Redoute’s Choice) out of Redeeming Lass (by Red Ransom) an unraced daughter of the Group 1 Flight Stakes winner, Danglissa.

Danglissa, was trained by Gai Waterhouse so its no fluke Gai made sure she inspected this filly at the Magic Millions earlier in the year.

Gai wrote in her catalogue, “this filly uses herself very well and is great quality. She looks all speed.”

So far this season Snitzel’s ‘CV’ is impressive with the horse recording 13 stakes winners and among those is the Group 1 WS Cox Plate and Australian Guineas victor, Shamus Award (ex Sunset Express).  Whilst the horses daughter, Snitzerland (ex Monte Rosa) won the Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the famous straight course at Flemington over 1000m under weight-for-age conditions.

Among the stakes winners are the juveniles Time For War (ex Lady Zabelia) winner of the ATC Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes, Golconda (ex Eureka Jewel) winner of the MRC Merson Cooper Stakes and Group 3 VRC Ottawa Stakes winner, Oakleigh Girl (ex Miss Kournikova).

Snitzels’ 2013-14 tally includes nine stakes placegetters from 179 runners of which 75 are winners, that’s a winner to runner ratio of 41.9% , with earnings of more than $9.1million.

NOT ENOUGH? This filly is bred on the same cross that produced the Group 2 STC Silver Slipper winner, Chance Bye (ex Rouge Femme) and stakes placed Top Drop (ex Fne Red), Sweetener (ex Negotiate) and Dominating (ex Red Princess).

As a broodmare sire Red Ransom has been very successful recording 83 stakes winners and of those that have been bred in Australia or New Zealand they include the Group 1 winner Red Ruler (Waikato International Stakes), two more Group 2 winners in Vo Heart (ex Smile of Desire) and Vilanova (ex Valpolicella) and two Group 3 winners in Retrieve (ex Hold to Ransom) and Slapstick (ex Glasnost).

The fillies career and syndicate will be managed by Bruce Slade.

Trainer Detail

The superlatives and the headlines, as deserved as they may be, are not the full story.

The training prowess of Gai Waterhouse is best appreciated by the bare facts and the numbers that support them.

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 that same year. Her first Group One win was delivered by Te Akau Nick in October that year and the first of seven Sydney trainers’ premierships came in only her third full season.

Waterhouse has trained an average of 100 winners a year in the 21 years she has been licensed. In the 2002-2003 racing season she had trained 156 winners in Sydney, a record that matched that of her father T J Smith.

The victory of Fiorente in the 2013 Melbourne Cup placed her alongside Bart Cummings as the only trainer to lead in the winners of both that race 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 Ha, Excellerator 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 and up to the three-quarter mark of the 2013-2014 racing season her horses had collected 123 Group One wins.

As impressive as the Waterhouse record may be at the upper level, her ability to get returns for owners across the board is an equally significant tribute. With only three months remaining of the 2013-2014 season Waterhouse as saddled 771 runners who have brought home more than $70 million in prizemoney.  Over theis period her 147.5 wins have given her a strike rate of 19.20%, the highest of Australia’s top five trainers and this strike rate has Waterhouse a small margin away from John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes who have the best strike rate of any trainer with more than 400 starters. Her minor placings are coming in at a rate of better than one-in-two, pushing her total runners-to-earners ratio to better than 70%.

And, according to the lady herself, “there’s more where that came from”.