Gai Waterhouse In Another Stewards Drama After Lame Horse Withdrawn At Newcastle
Horse trainer Gai Waterhouse "is set for another explosive showdown with racing stewards after failing to report the condition of another horse before a big stakes race," according to Christian Nicolussi of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Stewards confirmed that "they are awaiting to set a date so they can question Waterhouse about the health of Rockabill," who was scratched Tuesday morning ahead of the Group 3 Spring Stakes. It was the stewards -- not Waterhouse -- who were "forced to make the final call on Rockabill after they discovered he was lame." Acting chief steward Greg Rudolph said that there "had been reports Rockabill had experienced health problems a day earlier." Rudolph said, "(Racing New South Wales vet) Craig Suann inspected the horse this morning and the racehorse came out at 10:30am due to lameness issues" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/18).