We should know by now — you just can’t beat Gai Waterhouse!
Waterhouse, in partnership with Adrian Bott, prepared Dawn Passage to win Saturday’s $140,000 Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill. Dawn Passage is being aimed at the $1m G1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 28.
The winning run continued on Sunday at Casterton when the Waterhouse and Bott-trained Northern Voyage ($2.80 favourite) won his maiden hurdle over 3480 metres.
Northern Voyage was the fourth winner from seven hurdle starters for the stable this year, with rider Shane Jackson aboard on each occasion.
Northern Voyage had won once from ten starts on the flat, starting his career in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) when second last behind Run Naan during 2017 Melbourne Cup week.
Northern Voyage’s lone success came in a 1600-metre maiden at Kembla Grange and the son of Choisir gave a faultless display to win at his hurdling debut, leading throughout to defeat Princess Anacheeva ($7) by 2.75 lengths.
Earlier on Sunday, and on Saturday night in the United States, a two-year-old filly named Gai Waterhouse won a pace at the Red Mile harness track in Lexington, Kentucky.
Trained by Domenico Cecere and driven by Andrew Monti, Gai Waterhouse raced outside the lead over the mile and moved clear in the straight to win the US$30,000 ($45,000) race as a 28/1 outsider.
The Red Mile is the second oldest harness track in the world with pacer Always B Miki recording the fastest mile in harness racing history at the venue (1:46.0) in October 2016.