Reconciled: John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse. Photo: Vince CaligiuriThe spat between Australia’s most recognisable trainer, Gai Waterhouse, and racing’s larrikin owner John Singleton has ended, with the pair publicly reconciling at the Magic Millions sales on the Gold Coast this week.
Almost two years after they had a bitter falling out over the More Joyous saga, Waterhouse and Singleton have presented a united public front at the Magic Millions sales where the trainer purchased a More Than Ready colt from Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud draft on Thursday.
And after Waterhouse shelled out $150,000 for the yearling, the pair hinted at again racing horses together in the future.
“It was a lovers tiff,” Waterhouse told News Limited. “I was very sad when it happened and I am very pleased he apologised and we have moved on.”
Singleton said in his mind it was as if the feud “didn’t happen” and labelled it a “domestic tiff across 23 front pages”.
At its height the More Joyous fallout had Waterhouse labelling Singleton “a sham” and “a drunk” after the advertising mogul lashed out following his star mare’s unplaced effort in the All Aged Stakes in 2013, ultimately the last run of her career.
Singleton went on national television shortly after the race and said Waterhouse’s bookmaking son Tom had told acquaintances More Joyous was not fit enough to win the All Aged Stakes before removing all the horses he owned in Waterhouse’s stable from Tulloch Lodge the next morning.
Tom Waterhouse was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.
Singleton was later hauled before the most highly documented stewards inquiry in Australian racing history after being charged with “conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racing”. He later apologised for his comments and was fined $15,000.
Stewards slapped Waterhouse with two charges for failing to report More Joyous was treated with an antibiotic for some heat in her neck in the lead-up to the race and for having failed to keep a record of treatments administered to a horse.
She was fined $7000 on both counts, but eventually had the penalty overturned and her name cleared at the Racing Appeals Tribunal.
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