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Waterhouse Slams Criticism Of 2YO Racing As "Balderdash"
Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has declared the RSPCA's claim at last week's Asian Racing Conference that "2YOs which are not raced at two, enjoy racing as sounder horses (when older) is balderdash". Waterhouse commented on her website gaiwaterhouse.com.au: "Horses are natural, competitive creatures of flight. The precocious ones show themselves as early yearlings in June & July. Our racing is famous for its speed & the precociousness of our horses. By not providing such races we are not giving the grounding for our speed horses. Think about it. If you have a child, Little Johnny or Sarah, and they happen to be fast runners & the school says we want them running in our juvenile races under 10 years of age, would you say: No, they have to wait until they're 25? Of course not, you would let them go for it. So come on the powers that be - give us Johnny & Sarah races so our horses can get seasoned." Waterhouse also slammed the lack of 2YO races currently being programmed in Sydney, asking: "Where have all the 2YO races gone? They have just gone, gone, gone. What's the matter with the programming department? There is very little happening except for the Champagne Stakes (next Saturday). What should happen, and what trainers & owners prefer, is that all provincial meetings have maidens (like Gosford does on the 22nd April) & open class 2YO racing on Saturday - either separating the boys & the girls or mixed together. They are nearly 3YOs & yet some horses, not only from my yard, haven't seen a racetrack."