Gai Waterhouse’s potent stable is now fully-armed for the next few months with dozens of runners bang on target for their Spring Racing Carnival objectives.
More Joyous and Pierro lead the charge of locals, but imported stayer, Glencaddam Gold (IRE) is one to lookout for, and will run in the G2 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) with Nash Rawiller steering. Gai has produced another decent Emerald Isle stayer, Julienas (IRE), who took out the Listed Wyong Cup two weeks ago.
It’s a modern fact that these imported gallopers have been carving a swathe through the Aussie staying ranks, the vast majority of them originating in Europe.
Chris Waller is widely considered to be a pioneer of sourcing Northern Hemisphere talent, then shipping them down under. He’ll be represented in the Newcastle Cup with Kellini (IRE).
But Gai’s father, Tommy Smith, knew a thing or two about successfully shipping horses below the Equator. Winner of every Sydney Trainers’ Premiership from 1952 to 1984, Smith, early in his career campaigned Tarien (GB) to win six weight-for-age races including the AJC George Main Stakes and two AJC Warwick Stakes. Tarien was also disqualified after winning, then returning a positive to coramine in the 1953 AJC Doncaster. Smith was found not to blame for the administration of the respiratory enhancing drug.
Another Smith-trained galloper from the UK was Speed Of Sound (IRE), successful in two English black type races, before hitting Randwick to grab the 1968 Epsom Handicap for ‘TJ’.
Galway Bay (FRA) was a significant galloper during the 1970’s for the great Sydney conditioner. The big finisher won Royal Ascot’s 1975 Coventry Stakes as a fleet-footed two-year-old. A year later he ventured south to Tommy Smith’s Tulloch Lodge at Randwick – during the week of Flemington’s 1977 Spring Carnival, Galway Bay notched the 1977 VRC Craven A Stakes and George Adams Handicap (now known as the Salinger and Emirates Stakes).
There's going to be a lot of imported stayers on show this spring and excuse the pun; but imported stayers are here to stay.