Dad was of a time when racing was punting and bookies were rockstars

23 November, 13:23
As a family, we very much mourn the passing of our patriarch, Dad Waterhouse - my father and inspiration.

Dad's death on Friday marks the end of a wonderful era in Australian horse racing.

Dad was at his peak when racing was at its zenith, times we all look back upon with great nostalgia. Racing in the 1960s and 1970s meant the crowds were large, but, more importantly, that nearly all racegoers were actually racing "fans" - all punters, in stark contrast to today.

In those days, the Sunday papers' racing coverage was all about the betting. A newspaper report on a race always detailed the big bets recorded on the winner and mentioned other betting movements. Racing was betting and vice versa. Racing is poorer that this has changed.