South East Queensland studs rolled out the red carpet for Gai Waterhouse last week in advance of the Gold Coast Magic Millions next month.
Waterhouse has been making the pre-sale tour for seven years. “I love Queensland bred horses,” she told TBQA Executive Officer Stacey Silver. “They’re bred in the sunshine which means your grains are stronger and better quality. You’ve got great bone on the horses which is important in Australia.”
Gai travelled from Beaudesert across to the Darling Downs. “The key is seeing the horse in the early stages of its preparation,” she explained. “You see how they’ve developed by sale-day and the horse that explodes is the horse I want to buy.”
Prominent Toowoomba breeder Ron Gilbert from Highgrove Stud was keen to showcase his top yearlings. “Gai’s annual visit is vital,” he claimed. “It shows that she thinks Queensland is a great place to be raising yearlings and shows confidence in the Queensland industry.
“She never lets on too much which is smart business. But the body language makes me aware of the ones she’s keen on.”
Gai was escorted by Glenlogan Park studmaster Steve Morley while visiting 22 studs and inspecting 150 yearlings. “I was impressed with a number of the yearlings,” she said. “Quite a few for that matter but I can’t give anything away.”