On the record: Gai Waterhouse, William Haggas, Vincent Ho and more …

• The week’s significant milestones

Gai Waterhouse trainer
Sydney legend: Gai Waterhouse won her seventh Golden Slipper with Farnan.
Photo: gaiwaterhouse.com.au

7 Gai Waterhouse

Australia: Training legend Gai Waterhouse claimed a record seventh victory in the world’s richest two-year-old race as Farnan won the Golden Slipper behind closed doors at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. She had previously shared the record with her father Tommy Smith, who won six winners.

Spectators were not the only absentees, however, as 65-year-old Waterhouse also watched the A$3.5 million (£1.75m) contest from home after recovering from surgery, leaving her training partner Adrian Bott to accept the plaudits at Rosehill. “What a thrill, I’m very honoured and very humble to do it alongside a legend,” Bott said.

Waterhouse’s six previous winners all came before she started her partnership with Bott. They were Ha Ha (2001), Dance Hero (2004), Sebring (2008), Pierro (2012), Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).

260,000 William Haggas

Australia: With racing in Britain cancelled, the William Haggas-trained pair Addeybb and Young Rascal netted a total of approximately £260,000 (at BHA exchange rates) in prize-money via their double on the Golden Slipper card at Rosehill on Saturday.

The share of winning percentage won’t be too shabby for Haggas and jockey Tom Marquand, who continued his purple patch by riding both horses, claiming his first G1 success on Addeybb in the Ranvet Stakes soon after landing a G3 prize on Young Rascal. In total, the two races were worth A$868,000 between them.

25 Vincent Ho

Hong Kong: Local hero Vincent Ho became the first homegrown jockey for 25 years to ride the Hong Kong Derby winner on Sunday when he partnered Golden Sixty to a spectacular last-gasp triumph. The former HK champion apprentice was emulating Tony Cruz, who won the last of his four Derbys as a jockey in 1995 on the John Moore-trained Makarpura Star.

21 Americans

Horse Racing Win Bright and Tacitus
Win Bright (left) and Tacitus: Japanese and US-trained greys are heading home from Meydan.
Photo: Dubai Racing Club/Erika Rasmussen

Dubai: A record total of 21 US-trained horses had been lined up to run on the Dubai World Cup card – before the world’s richest raceday was cancelled just six days out on Sunday.

Among them were the likes of Pegasus World Cup winner Mucho Gusto and Tacitus, who had made the short jaunt from Riyadh after running in the Saudi Cup, plus the Doug O’Neill trainees who have spent the winter at the Dubai Carnival. 

However, a group of ten led by Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston arrived only last Wednesday afternoon for their unavailing trip to the Gulf. Twenty Japanese-trained horses will also be flying home.

101 Ben Curtis

GB: Racing in Britain has been suspended at least until the end of April, which means the all-weather season is finished – leaving runaway jockeys’ title leader Ben Curtis stranded on the 101-mark, an agonising one winner shy of Luke Morris’s record tally.

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