Name: Silk Sheets
Sire: Exceed And Excel
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
Foal Date: 20/8/2012
Bruce Slade from Round Table Racing is thrilled to be offering this filly by top Darley sire, Exceed and Excel to prospective owners.
Purchased out of the Magic Millions sales ring which makes the filly eligible for the wonderful bonus prizemoney that is on offer for the companies race series in 2015 and beyond.
The dam of this filly, Undercover (by Covetous) won three races from distance ranges of 900 metres to 1200m and is a half-sister to the Group winner, Ain’t Seen Nothin’.
Slade, has confidence with the sires stock as the fillies nominated trainer Gai Waterhouse has plenty of success with the breed.
NOT ENOUGH? Since Round Table Racing purchased this filly the pedigree has received a notable update with Bring Me The Maid (by Sebring) winning the Group 2 Furious
Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and a third placing in the Group 1 Golden Slipper during the autumn. The filly has since returned to racing and won the ATC Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes at her first start as a spring three-year-old.
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 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, 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.