Stud chief Dr Jack Woolridge has revealed leading trainer Gai Waterhouse approached him
moments after his yearling half sister to Sunline was passed in for $800,000 during the
second session of the 2002 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast
Woolridge told Cyberhorse that
Waterhouse expressed an interest to train the yearling if she is retained by Inverness and
not sold in the next few days.
"Gai actually approached me about training the horse and
not buying it," Mr Woolridge said.
Waterhouse was reluctant to speak about the brief interaction
she had with Mr Woolridge.
"I did meet with him (Woolridge) after she failed to sell,"
Waterhouse said after Cyberhorse had said Woolridge confirmed the approach.
"She is a lovely filly and I'm sure a lot of trainers
would like to have her in their stables," she added.
Waterhouse said she had no client to purchase the yearling
but was keen to train her.
Woolridge also revealed the sale of the filly was within a
"I would have sold her with one more bid. I was hoping
for more than $800,000, but we couldn't pass that figure," he said.
"So unless something comes up in the next few days she
will return to my farm and we would look at racing her before an eventual breeding
career," Woolridge added.
In her own right Waterhouse has purchased 10 yearlings
ranging in price from $40,000 to $200,000. With her final purchase today (a Snippets colt
for $100,000) her outlay had passed the $1 million mark.