Explore how Gai Waterhouse became one of Australia’s most successful horse trainers. Specifically, learn how her parents, particularly her father TJ Smith, impacted her life and how this thread runs through every icon we meet in the groundbreaking series.
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► About Gai Waterhouse
Known as the first lady of racing, Gai Waterhouse is one of Australia’s most decorated horse trainers. The daughter of legend thoroughbred trainer TJ Smith, she began her career modelling and acting in the UK, even landing a role on the sci-fi classic, Doctor Who. She came back to Australia to train horses and has since chalked up over 120 Group One race wins, the third highest of all time, including six Golden Slippers, seven Doncaster Handicaps and the Melbourne Cup. A former Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, Waterhouse is an Australian Racing Hall-of-Famer and a living treasure.
► Background to the Episode
Jack and I had always wondered what traits led to people’s success - a topic Aussies aren’t always willing to openly talk about. Our first step on this journey starts with Gai who is known for her work ethic and drive. The only time she could spare was at 3.30 in the morning while she trained more than 150 horses. God knows how she does this every day.
► About The Thread
Two mates sit down with 10 iconic Australians to figure out how they broke away from the pack. Hugh and Jack seek out leaders of wide-ranging fields: adventure, sport, business, philanthropy, medicine, law and literature to uncover the common thread that binds them.
The interview subjects are household names famed for remarkable and well-told stories, but rarely have they been asked how they did it, how they define success and whether anyone can do what they've done.
Armed with meticulous research and uncomfortably simple questions, we elicit intriguing, inspiring and often unexpected insights from an eclectic bunch of trailblazers.
► Questions we Ask Gai Waterhouse
1. 0:16 How would you score the success of your career thus far out of 10?
2. 2:07 Can coming from a privileged lifestyle or upbringing limit you from reaching your full capacity?
3. 2:48 You finished your arts degree at UNSW, you're in England, you've got a few theatrical roles, how did you know to fold with that career path?
4. 3:14 Early in your career, you were pigeonholed as the PR stable girl, how did you break out of that mold?
5. 4:05 Has it ever been important to prove your naysayers wrong or to prove your knockers wrong?
6. 5:24 Have you ever been motivated to beat the blokes at their own game?
7. 5:59 Do you think a lot of people let fear get in the way of their goals?
8. 6:17 What's the hardest thing about the job?
9. 6:51 Do you have to be selfish to achieve greatness?
10. 7:13 Can anyone make it or just some?
11. 7:31 What do you think separates the best from the pack?
12. 8:03 How do you explain those people who work hard without achieving their goals?
13. 8:48 How important is it to promote yourself to get ahead?
14. 9:08 Do you need parents who will let you take risks if you're going to be successful?
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