Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022

Saturday June 18, 2022

The Gai Waterhouse Classic is a Listed sprint for fillies and mares run and won at Ipswich Racecourse just outside of Brisbane at the tail end of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

One of the key support races on the popular Ipswich Cup Day card, the event runs alongside the Listed $175,000 Ipswich Cup (2150m) and the Listed $200,000 Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).

Contested over 1200m as of 2022, the six furlongs sprint was previously run over 1350m and offers $150,000 in prize money, and is a quality handicap race open only to female gallopers.

The event is named in honour of Australian racing icon, prolific Sydney-based trainer Gai Waterhouse. The daughter of the late, great horseman Tommy (TJ) Smith, Waterhouse is known as the leading lady of racing in Australia and has prepared just shy of 150 Group 1 winners at time of publish.

She and co-trainer Adrian Bott enjoyed a breakthrough victory in her namesake race preparing the 2019 Gai Waterhouse Classic winner Ready To Prophet.

The latest edition of the Gai Waterhouse Classic ran on Saturday June 18, 2022 as part of Queensland’s Ipswich Cup Day card and was won in a narrow upset by Centrefire ($14).

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Results

The complete Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022 Results & Finishing Order will be listed below once the race takes place on Saturday June 18, 2022.

  • 1st: #9 Centrefire ($14)
  • 2nd: #16 Maybe The Best
  • 3rd: #4 Majestic Shot

Gai Waterhouse Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
  • Track: Ipswich Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – Fillies & Mares
  • Status: Listed
  • Prize Money: $150,000

Gai Waterhouse Classic Betting

Gai Waterhouse Classic betting markets are led by in-form winter sprinters with previous form in similar grade Queensland or interstate races.

Any interstate raiders making the trip up to the sunshine state for the event also sit high up the Gai Waterhouse Classic odds each season.

Lillemor ($4.20 in 2021), who came off a lead-up win in Sydney, was the last favourite in Gai Waterhouse Classic betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Odds

The season’s best Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022 betting odds and links to our markets on the field will be available right here as soon as released so stay tuned for the best Queensland winter racing odds online.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Gai Waterhouse Classic Field

The Gai Waterhouse Classic field attracts a quality line-up of fillies and mares coming off lead-up runs either in Queensland or interstate in similar grade and distance events.

Good potential lead-ups into the Gai Waterhouse Classic field include Brisbane’s Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1200m), which last produced a winner in Ready To Prophet (3rd in 2019), and the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes (1200m).

Following a run in the Gai Waterhouse Classic field some of the better types may opt to back-up in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) the next weekend at Eagle Farm.

Gai Waterhouse Classic nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday and final acceptances are out on the Wednesday.

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Field

The official Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022 Final Field & Barriers on the event will be provided in full below once announced on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see the list of fillies and mares set to face off in the winter feature.

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Nominations

The Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022 early entries are taken on the Monday leading-up to the event with the full nominations to be published below.

The 2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic nominations drew 26 fillies and mares including the Annabel Neasham-trained Brazen Gem, recent Ipswich winner in the wet Dragon Miss and the in-form David Vandyke-trained Joy Too All.

 Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
1x3162x4535ARCHER’S PARADOXM6David Murphy89.5
2762485×022BRAZEN GEM (NZ)M5Annabel Neasham76
322421×4493CASSY’S SISTERM5Troy O’Neile 
415949×1877CENTREFIREM5Chris Munce84
583261114×4CHEZBLACKM6Lindsay Hatch81
6114×210102DASH FOR DREAMSM4Chris Munce82
733119×0450DIRTY THOUGHTSM4Ciaron Maher & David Eustace93
830226121×1DRAGON MISSM4John Thomas 
9x474128x18DZSENIFERM4Gary Duncan93
10x2226x7709ELOQUENTLYM4Steve Tregea 
1144x05632x2GLITTER STRIPM4Tony Gollan77.5
126x1121x1x1JOY TOO ALLM5David Vandyke78
130x2144x144JUAN DIVAM5Richard & Will Freedman88
143362×32900KISUKANOM4Michael Nolan88
151134110×33LADY OF LUXURYM4Bjorn Baker 
169x24046x53LOVE SENSATIONM4Tony Gollan75
1721x4x35398MAJESTIC SHOTM4Grant Allard88
1822124x1x01MAYBE THE BESTM4David Vandyke78
19x2341x8014PULL ANCHORM5Tony Gollan83
209x768x5410REDOUTE’S IMAGEM4Kris Lees80
212276×13100SIESTA KEYM5Jay Bellamy77
22117×470400STARLAM5Chris Waller84
2378x98x4823TAHITIAN DANCERM6Tony Gollan88
241x9x005062TILIANAM (NZ)F3Tony Gollan 
2500x41530x6TYCOON EVIEM4Rex Lipp & Nicholas Hahn85
261336x7657xWILLO TITTOM6Michael Morrison86

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Gai Waterhouse Classic Tips

Good Gai Waterhouse Classic tips include backing mares coming off a top three run in Listed grade over at least 1200m in Brisbane or Sydney, and any past Ipswich winners.

Fillies also make a good Gai Waterhouse Classic tip with the three-year-olds boasting a good record. From 2009 – 2022 six fillies beat home the older mares, most recently Ready To Prophet in 2019.

In that time, only three of the 14 Gai Waterhouse Classic winners were over four-years-old, so sticking with the younger fillies and mares is a key tip.

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Tips

Our insider Gai Waterhouse Classic 2022 betting tips and Black-Type Queensland racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so you know what mares to get behind at the best odds on Ipswich Cup Day.

  • To Win: TBC

Gai Waterhouse Classic Form Guide

The Gai Waterhouse Classic form guide features all the essential stats and info including the jockeys, trainers, barriers, weights and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Looking for three and four-year-old runners is key on the Gai Waterhouse Classic form guide, while the form facts also reveal wider barriers are a non-issue. From 2016 – 2022, four of the seven Gai Waterhouse Classic winners jumped from barrier 10 or wider including back-to-back wins from gate 14 with Maternal (2017) and Magic Alibi (2018).

2022 Gai Waterhouse Classic Form Guide

A link to our insider Gai Waterhouse Classic Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Gai Waterhouse Classic Results

Notable recent Gai Waterhouse Classic winners include: Real Surreal (2015), Maternal (2017) and Ready To Prophet (2019).

2022CentrefireMaybe The BestMajestic Shot
2021LillemorIntrepidaciousBlazing Miss
2020Solar StarJami LadyMultaja
2019Ready To ProphetOrganzaSkate To Paris
2018Magic AlibiFoxy HousewifePlucky Girl
2017MaternalKinshachiBanda Spice
2016Blueberry HillElusive CatchEcho Gal
2015Real SurrealTukiyoFare Well
2014Jazz SongGrianteBreakfast In Bed
2013PeronSkating On IceDoubtfilly
2012Gai’s ChoiceMascareriMiss Barwang
2011Born To RockCicarelliFlinders City
2010KryptelonBeyonce’s StarPaprika
2009Dorf CommandGo JohemmaKisani
2008BareenaBella ValentinaDance Girl Dance
2007LesmartreBelles OpinionNepro
2006Hasta La Ciao CiaoReally FlyingRomare
2005Au ChocolatKind SpiritsCharmview
2004Star Of FlightParacaKind Spirits
2003Ta Ta TatianaIrgunetteFeelers