Gai Waterhouse guilty of two charges

Gai Waterhouse arriving at Racing NSW headquarters on Monday. Photo: Marco Del Grande
Gai Waterhouse arriving at Racing NSW headquarters on Monday. Photo: Marco Del Grande

TRAINER Gai Waterhouse has been found guilty of two charges relating to the More Joyous scandal.

Stewards found she had failed to notify them in a timely manner of a neck condition affecting the champion mare. She was fined $5000 for this offence.

The stewards also found that she had failed to keep her records of treatments administered to her horses up to date. They fined her $500 for this infringement.

More Joyous ran second last in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick on April 27, after which the mare's owner John Singleton sparked an inquiry with a public tirade against his now former trainer, saying he had been told the mare could not win.

Earlier, Waterhouse told the inquiry that even the Queen is aware of the publicity surrounding the case.

"Even the Queen says to her racing manager, 'What is going on with Gai Waterhouse in Australia?'," Waterhouse told the inquiry on Monday.

"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 trains Carlton House, the only horse the Queen has racing in Australia.

At the previous chapter of the inquiry, Singleton was fined $15,000 for his public tirade and Waterhouse's bookmaker son Tom was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Gai Waterhouse presented a statement on Monday which stewards said contained evidence she did not give at the original hearing.

"Thanks to Mr Singleton I couldn't think straight," she said.

"I was so agitated. He was crazed. He was a crazy person."

The trainer told the inquiry that in her professional opinion there was no reason not to run More Joyous and any issues the horse had were minor.