Gai & the naysay­ers

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I al­most glossed over the pro­file of Gai Water­house as I have lit­tle in­ter­est in the horse rac­ing scene (“Gai’s secret”, Aug 25-26). What a breath of fresh air! I had an ab­so­lute romp through this very well con­ducted in­ter­view – Gai and her hus­band could give lessons on hu­mil­ity to many peo­ple within the rac­ing fra­ter­nity. Gai, you are a classy, dig­ni­fied, hum­ble, suc­cess­ful horse trainer and busi­ness­woman. While ac­cep­tance into the up­per ech­e­lons of the rac­ing es­tab­lish­ment has been elu­sive, surely that is their loss. Lyn Ayris

El­iz­a­beth Downs, SA

Gai has done more for thor­ough­bred horse rac­ing than the au­thor­i­ties could ever ad­mit. She showed grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­ply­ing for a trainer’s li­cence de­spite the knock-backs. It’s im­pos­si­ble to guess how many peo­ple she has brought through the gates. How can you not be in­spired when she talks up her won­der­ful horses and jock­eys?

Terry Stor­mon Goonellabah, NSW

There used to be a great Mel­bourne ra­dio rac­ing show in the ’80s called Punter to Punter. Their tag to sell T-shirts was “You too could be a Bold Per­son­al­ity in Fine Cot­ton”. If you are old enough to un­der­stand what that means, you know why the Water­house fam­ily has not been wel­comed into rac­ing with open arms by all. It’s noth­ing to do with gen­der. An­drew Gould Rich­mond, Vic

The writer of Septem­ber’s best let­ter will re­ceive a 12-month sup­ply of sk­in­care, val­ued at $500, from Aus­tralian brand Du’it.

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