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Waterhouse Calls For Longer Races

Wednesday, 26th October 2011

Leading trainer Gai Waterhouse “wants racing clubs to lengthen their premier staying races to improve the standard of our long-distance horses” reported The Herald-Sun. Waterhouse (who bought 2 stayers at the UK Tattersalls Sale in England yesterday) said racing clubs were “responsible for attracting local trainers & owners to pursue their prestigious staying races”. She noted: “They've got to pull their socks up & put the staying races on. Staying races (are meant to be) 3200m & longer. They've got a race at Royal Ascot (in England) that's 4600m. It's the most fabulous race. People love staying races, but the Brisbane Cup, what is it, 2400m now? The Perth Cup, all the cups, have come back in distance. It's a travesty. People love staying races & they bet on them. Look at this Melbourne Cup, it stops the nation. It runs for 2 miles & we love it.”

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