Robbie Waterhouse

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Robbie Waterhouse
Robert Waterhouse
Spouse(s)Gai Waterhouse
ChildrenTom Waterhouse
Parent(s)Bill Waterhouse
RelativesLouise Waterhouse (sister)

Robert "Robbie" Waterhouse is an Australian racing identity, businessman, and bookmaker. Waterhouse is the son of Bill Waterhouse, he is married to thoroughbred horse trainer Gai Waterhouse, and is the father of bookmaker, Tom Waterhouse.


Waterhouse is a high-profile bookmaker who followed in the traditions of his father, Bill Waterhouse, a leading Sydney bookmaker[1] and barrister.

Fine Cotton affair[edit]

Both Bill and Robbie Waterhouse were caught up in the aftermath of the Fine Cotton affair.[2] Robbie Waterhouse served eight months periodic detention in Long Bay Correctional Centre for lying to the Racing Appeals Tribunal[3] and both Bill and Robbie Waterhouse were warned-off racecourses for having prior knowledge of a ring-in being installed in a race.[4] Robbie Waterhouse was disqualified for life from holding a bookmaker's licence and "warned-off" Australian and other racecourses. The ban was lifted in August 2001 and he then successfully re-applied for a licence.[1]

Business interests[edit]

Waterhouse is a company director and owned shares in companies associated with Tom Waterhouse NT, a company licensed as a bookmaker in the Northern Territory, operated by Waterhouse's son, Tom, and Robbie Waterhouse's sister, Louise.[5] The business was sold to British bookmaker William Hill in 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Reed, Ron (13 October 2012). "Robbie Waterhouse on family and the fallout from Fine Cotton". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Episode five: Follow the Money" (transcript). The Track. ABC TV. 2000. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ Feneley, Rick (27 November 2010). "The Waterhouse colt who was cut out from the racing clan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ Davis, Glenn (15 August 2004). "Remembering Fine Cotton". Racing and Sports. AAP. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  5. ^ Butler, Ben (29 April 2013). "Robbie Waterhouse owns stake in son's company". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ellicott, John (2008). Waterhouse & Smith: The Rise To Power Of Two Racing Dynasties (hardback). Prahran, Vic.: Hardie Grant Books. p. 303. ISBN 9781740665100.