Remember when ... in 2013

Gai Waterhouse wins elusive Cup with Fiorente.

For Gai Waterhouse, there weren’t too many more boxes to tick in racing, but winning the Melbourne Cup was one of them. Denied victory narrowly in the 1993 (Te Akau Nick), 1995 (Nothin’ Leica Dane) and 2012 (Fiorente) Melbourne Cups, Gai saddled up her best chance in 2013 with Fiorente, runner-up the previous year at 100/1. Gai entrusted champion rider, Damien Oliver with the ride.

As Gai has often said, having the favourite is one thing, winning the Cup is another. After the first Lady of Racing was successful in the Cup, she proceeded to go on a tour with her own Cup miniature trophy across the racing communities of NSW.

She is a worthy recipient of the Cup and joins her father Tommy Smith who trained the Cup winners of 1955 (Toparoa) and 1981 (Just A Dash). It was Damien Oliver’s third victory in the race having previously won on Doriemus (1995) and Media Puzzle (2002).