Tommy Waterhouse (NZ) Runs Rivals Ragged to Claim Stakes Win

10 May 2022

Tommy Waterhouse (NZ) claims the $40,000 Listed Betavet Uncut Gems Geldings & Entires Classic (1980m).

A powerful front-running performance saw Tommy Waterhouse (NZ) (American Ideal) break through for stake race success in the $40,000 Listed Betavet Uncut Gems Geldings & Entires Classic (1980m) on Friday 6 May. 

Trainer-driver Kirstin Barclay took the NZB Standardbred graduate straight to the lead in the Addington feature, with his rivals left chasing his shadow as the four-year-old powered to an impressive victory.

Tommy Waterhouse was purchased by Wayne McEwan of McEwan Bloodstock Ltd for $35,000 when he was offered by breeder-vendor Tony Barron of Barron Bloodstock at the 2019 Christchurch National Yearling Sale.

Tommy Waterhouse had made the trip from Invercargill to Addington once before to score feature race success in the $29,000 South Of The Waitaki River Mobile Pace (1980m) at Addington during the 2021 New Zealand Cup Carnival.

On Friday night, the pacer kept his unbeaten record at the track intact with a most impressive display.

“He is a pretty fast horse and I thought he was pretty right, so I just let him run tonight and he did us proud,” Barclay said.

“I was trying to give him a breather but he was quite happy.

“He has been up here once before, he just seems to love the track and seems to love to roll along on it.”

The pacer will now head to the spelling paddock before he sets out for another tilt at the New Zealand Cup Carnival.

Barclay revealed after Tommy Waterhouse’s win in the Uncut Gems Geldings & Entires that beach training has been an important part of his training regime.

“He is quite a strong-willed, full-on horse but since we have been taking him to the beach, he is just a different horse out there.”

“He really enjoys it, he is actually more relaxed and it has settled him down a bit. He will head for a spell now, we will look to bring him back up at Cup Week again.

“He just loves the track up here, I think he has earned a holiday, so we’re heading back home for some R&R,” she said.

McEwan Bloodstock Ltd purchased a half-sister (Lot 297) to Tommy Waterhouse at this year’s Christchurch National Yearling Sale for $32,500. Barron Bloodstock offered the Downbytheseaside (USA) filly out of Gabriel Marie (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight).

Consignor Barron Bloodstock
Purchaser McEwan Bloodstock
Breeding American Ideal x Gabriel Marie
Sale 2019 Christchurch Yearling Sale, $35,000
Bred by T R Barron