John Singleton has acknowledged the sources whose comments led him to drop Gai Waterhouse as trainer for his horses.
The dispute arose over comments allegedly made by Ms Waterhouse’s bookmaker son Tom Waterhouse about champion mare More Joyous’s chances of winning the All Aged Stakes at Randwick last Saturday. What was said, if anything, is in dispute.
Mr Waterhouse has vehemently denied all suggestions that he questioned the horse’s ability to win a race. He and numerous witnesses will front a stewards’ inquiry into the matter next Monday.
Mr Singleton took his horses from the Waterhouse stables after being outraged at suggestions, as he reported it, that the trainer’s bookmaker son TomWaterhouse had dismissed champion mare More Joyous’s chances of winning the All Aged Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
The owner broke his silence at the relaunch of his Marlborough Hotel in Newtown, saying “Names have already been named so my reluctance to name names has been taken away by the names naming themselves.”
When asked if Johns and Robinson had called him, Singleton replied, “Yeah, they’re both the people who rang me yes.”
Singleton offered these comments about his former trainer: “I think the world of Gai [Waterhouse] as a person and as a trainer, I think she’s the best trainer in the world. But this is also a very expensive business.”
Racing NSW has used its special legal powers to subpoena phone records of leading racing identities and will also pursue records from bookmakers to establish who placed large sums on horses running in the All Aged Stakes. – Blake Moretti