HEADWATER (AUS)(Exceed and Excel-River Dove, by Hurricane Sky)
Vinery Stud, NSW. Fee: $16,500

Headwater Overview

Speed-on-speed attracts breeders and buyers in the modern-day market and Vinery Stud sire Headwater has both in spades.

Powerful and precocious, Headwater is by pre-eminent speed sire Exceed And Excel from River Dove, who won Caulfield’s ultimate speed test - the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. They don’t breed them any faster and Team Hawkes bought Headwater for $500,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

He hit the ground running to dispatch some smart juveniles on debut at Moonee Valley. “He was never out of second gear,” Wayne Hawkes beamed. “This horse is a real professional and has shown us plenty of talent right from the start.”

Headwater then turned the Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) into a procession at Rosehill. Promoted to favouritism for the Gr.1 Golden Slipper, Headwater got to the front in the straight – just like Excel And Excel in 2003 – before going down a length and change.

Back for his final campaign as an Autumn 3yo, the colt responded with a brilliant victory against older sprinters in the Kensington Stakes (L, 1000m) at Flemington. He clocked a slick 56.90s down the straight to defeat Gr.1 Newmarket Hcp winner The Quarterback.

Vinery general manager Peter Orton was quick to point out Headwater lived right up to his pedigree. “He’s a really exciting prospect given the speed in his pedigree and the speed he showed at an early age.”

Headwater was immediately popular with breeders and covered full books of quality mares in his first three seasons.

His first crop weanlings were met with excitement and support at all the major sales in 2018. He was the leading first season sire by average and top price in book 1 at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. He impressed the good judges immediately. “I liked Headwater at the Vinery parades and his foals were some of the best I saw in the Hunter Valley last year,” bloodstock agent Andrew Williams said after purchasing the Manju colt for $75,000.

At the Magic Millions National Weanling sale Headwater had a colt from The Carnival sell for $170,000 to James Bester. “I’m keen on Headwater. He was a top-class sprinter with a brilliant pedigree and our colt is a precocious type, too,” vendor Nick Nolan said about the colt.

Headwater’s first yearlings sell in 2019. He stands for a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Headwater Pedigree

b. 2000
b. 1986
b. 1977
b. 1981
ch. 1994
b. 1980
ch. 1974
br. 1998
b. 1991
ch. 1985
b. 1983
br. 1988
br. 1979
br. 1983
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Headwater Freshman Yearlings

160BrFAdio (AUS)Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW2019 MM March QTIS Sale
252BFEnglish Grace (AUS)Millbrook Biddeston Qld2019 MM March QTIS Sale
1Br.CUmaquestStonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington2019 Inglis Melb Prem
9B.FVintage DropShadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek2019 Inglis Melb Prem
130B.FCybercynBombora Downs, Bittern2019 Inglis Melb Prem
156B.FEagle's Song (USA)Moorookyle Park, Smeaton2019 Inglis Melb Prem
289B.FLucky TossEureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld2019 Inglis Melb Prem
433Ch.FSequinellaFairways Bloodstock, Nagambie2019 Inglis Melb Prem
478B.FSwaaneEsker Lodge Australia, Beremboke2019 Inglis Melb Prem
480Ch.FSwevenTwo Bays Farm, Flinders2019 Inglis Melb Prem
528Ch.FWings of PreyYarran Thoroughbreds, Seymour2019 Inglis Melb Prem
741B. or Br.FSerious RockStonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington2019 Inglis Melb Prem
786Br. or Blk.CTwo PieceVincent & Field Bloodstock, Mount Fairy, NSW2019 Inglis Melb Prem
60BrCLalani (AUS)Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas2019 MM Tasmania
85BFPhyl's Choice (AUS)Armidale Stud Carrick Tas2019 MM Tasmania
69BFJustsay Sumthink (AUS)Gervase Park Stud Belhus WA2019 MM Perth
102CCPerfect Kiss (NZ)Mogumber Park Bullsbrook WA2019 MM Perth
4B.CWarm ChargeVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
42Ch.CAmalfi DreamsVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
59B.CWhisper of HeartsGainsborough Lodge, Darling Downs, Qld2019 Inglis Classic
69Ch.FBrilliant SnitzelCarramar Park, Grose Wold2019 Inglis Classic
81B.FFill Me UpVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
83B.FFumbleCarramar Park, Grose Wold2019 Inglis Classic
124B.FArctic SuccessVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
142Ch.FBaylie LouiseFairview Park Stud, Grose Wold2019 Inglis Classic
151B.FBelscenicaVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
171Ch.CBukhoorTullyard, Boodua, Qld2019 Inglis Classic
201B.FChasteWidden Stud, Widden Valley2019 Inglis Classic
237B.FDalaayillRosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic2019 Inglis Classic
268B.CDraw the CurtainSouthern Cross Breeders2019 Inglis Classic
270B.CDreamlikeSouthern Cross Breeders2019 Inglis Classic
280B.FElan GrenadineVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
282B.CElite DaneHolbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
317B.CFinal StarHolbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
351B.CGopanaBhima Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
364Ch.FHappy LaughingGlastonbury Farms, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
404Ch.FJahreGlastonbury Farms, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
413B.CKalamataKitchwin Hills, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
485B.FMalacca CaneVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
488Ch.FManhattan LightTyreel Stud, Agnes Banks2019 Inglis Classic
489B.CManjuMilburn Creek, Wildes Meadow2019 Inglis Classic
538B.CMortal SinBhima Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
562B.CNoanoaFairview Park Stud, Grose Wold2019 Inglis Classic
597Br.CPieetysLime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo2019 Inglis Classic
611B.FPrerequisiteTullyard, Boodua, Qld2019 Inglis Classic
629B.FQuick's the WordHolbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
640B.CRed DuchezParrakoola Park, Kulnura2019 Inglis Classic
699Br.FShe's WarregoManx Park, Moss Vale2019 Inglis Classic
703Ch.CSicilian MissDavali Thoroughbreds, Luskintyre2019 Inglis Classic
704B.CSierra VistaWidden Stud, Widden Valley2019 Inglis Classic
746Ch.CSunset CoastVinery Stud, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
804B.CVetoriscSouthern Cross Breeders2019 Inglis Classic
827B.FBeautiful AssassinParrakoola Park, Kulnura2019 Inglis Classic
866B.CDucey DuGoodwood Farm, Murrurundi2019 Inglis Classic
943B.FNandi (USA)Burke Bloodstock, Martindale2019 Inglis Classic
958B.CPhar Too FastCarramar Park, Grose Wold2019 Inglis Classic
962B.CPrison RulesAmbergate Farm, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
968B.FReal PleasureHolbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
971Br.FRidiculousKitchwin Hills, Scone2019 Inglis Classic
394BFSeoniaRich Hill Stud2019 NZB NYSS
58CCRegal Tier (AUS)Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld2019 MM Gold Coast
123BCShe Has Arrived (AUS)Rheinwood Pastoral Co Mittagong NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
216BCThe Carnival (AUS)Lime Country Thoroughbreds Burradoo NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
244BCTrista Rossa (AUS)Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
278BFVonzelle (AUS)Milburn Creek Wildes Meadow NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
318BCAcademy Idol (AUS)Riversdale Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
344BCAmarachi (AUS)Ashleigh Thoroughbreds Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
609CFGalapagos Girl (AUS)Cressfield Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
657BCHolder Sunset (AUS)Torryburn Stud Torryburn NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
700BCJohanski (AUS)Amarina Farm Denman NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
739BCLegislature (AUS)Vinery Stud Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
777BCMagondo (AUS)Lime Country Thoroughbreds Burradoo NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
994BrCHonesta (AUS)Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
1007BrFJewel Theft (AUS)Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
1020BFLittle Evie (AUS)Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW2019 MM Gold Coast
1038BCMiss Tudor Rose (AUS)Manx Park Sutton Forest NSW2019 MM Gold Coast

Headwater BR News

  • Silver Slipper Debutant Kept Safe

    Fri, 21 Feb 2020

    In the past eight years, one of Sydney's key Golden Slipper lead-ups, the Gr2 Silver Slipper has been won by these juveniles: Pierro, Sweet Idea, Mossfun, Headwater, Astern, She Will Reign, Sunlight and Time To Reign. Considering that Estijaab, runner-up behind Sunlight, subsequently won the Golden Slipper as did She Will Reign, Mossfun and Pierro, it's clearly not a race to which one sends a boy to do a man's job. That's why there's a lot of interest in North Pacific, a Team Hawkes entrant who is making his debut against vaunted opposition. The $800,000 sale-topper purchased by Orbis Bloodstock from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, North Pacific is by boom sire Brazen Beau from the family of 4-time Gr1 winner Metal Bender. In his only trial he was a hard-held runner-up behind fellow Silver Slipper runner Farnan where he looked to have plenty in reserve. The market is treading very warily with the first starter, keeping him safe at around $8.00 on the second line of betting behind odds-on chance Celsabeel who is attempting to qualify for the Golden Slipper herself.

    North Pacific

    2019's Inglis Premier sale-topper North Pacific (pic: inglis.com.au)
  • All Too Easy For Classic Buyers

    Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    The well-documented exploits of Queensland cult 3YO Alligator Blood (All Too Hard-Lake Superior, by Encosta de Lago) have left no doubt that Vinery Stud’s champion 3YO All Too Hard is a stallion capable of throwing elite racehorses. Sitting just on the cusp of the Top 10 Australian General Stallions, Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard is already the sire of 30 individual stakes-performers, of which six have achieved at Gr1 level. At Inglis Classic between Sunday and Tuesday, there are 16 yearlings by All Too Hard for sale, with Vinery’s 25-strong draft responsible for a half dozen of those. With the exception of four yearlings (by Flying Artie, Smart Missile, Teofilo and Your Song) the balance of Vinery’s consignment are by their own high profile stallions that include More Than Ready, Headwater, Press Statement, Star Turn and Casino Prince. Click on the below image for a preview of Vinery Stud’s Inglis Classic draft, and then click on the draft link to access the catalogue pages of all individually listed lots.

    Vinery Stud Classic

  • Headwater Colt Could Emulate Houtzen

    Mon, 6 Jan 2020

    Exciting juvenile colt Wisdom of Water, by Vinery Stud's promising first crop sire Headwater (Exceed and Excel-River Dove, by Hurricane Sky), is a chance to emulate his former stablemate Houtzen when he backs up in next week's $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) after an impressive win in Saturday's $125,000 Aquis Gold Nugget (1100m). A $70,000 buy for connections by Blandford Bloodstock from the Eureka Stud draft last year, Headwater's first winner Wisdom of Water appreciated taking a sit in the juvenile race, before finishing strongly under Robbie Fradd for a quality win. Houtzen won the 2YO Classic a week after booking her place in the field with a win at the same course in her final lead up run. It's a double that's been completed in four of the last five years - Le Chef, Sunlight and Exhilarates are the others, so it certainly wouldn't lack precedented if the Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained Wisdom of Water is up to the task. Headwater is represented at this week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale with six yearlings.

  • NZB RTR Press Statement Colt Fetches $420K

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019

    In early action at Wednesday’s opening session of the 2019 NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs, a colt by Vinery Stud’s freshman stallion Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) sold for $420,000 after spirited bidding. Opening at a $100,000 bid, the well put together 2YO had plenty to recommend him aside from his sire who won Gr1 races as a 2YO and 3YO. He is a grandson of the Bart Cummings-trained multiple champion mare Let’s Elope, whose major victories included the Gr1 quartet of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Mackinnon Stakes and Australian Cup. Also placed in two US Gr1 races, Let’s Elope has left quality stock in her wake, and Lot 9 is no exception for the family, trialling stylishly in a professional 10.86 sec. Consigned by Ohukia Lodge, the winning bid fell to Hong Kong trainer Dennis Yip. Later in the first session, another Vinery freshman stallion was also responsible for a $420,000 sale when Headwater's colt out of Red Duchez was knocked down to Hong Kong's Mr P. Koo.

    $420k Press Statement colt

    Let's Elope's grandson made $420,000 (pic: nzb.co.nz)
  • Inglis Banner Starts New Race Series

    Fri, 25 Oct 2019

    A strong field of 14 runners will contest the $500,000 Restricted Listed Inglis Banner at The Valley on Saturday, launching the $8 million Inglis Race Series for the foal crop of 2017. Each of Inglis’ three major select yearling sales – Easter, Premier and Classic – are represented with graduates in the race, with leading stables such as Godolphin, Lindsay Park, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Mick Price/Mick Kent Jr and Ellerton Zahra Racing all present. The early TAB favourite is Dundeel colt It’s A Deel, trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, who paid $150,000 for him at Easter from the Arrowfield Stud draft. Other stallions represented include Snitzel, Written Tycoon, Starspangledbanner, Brazen Beau, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, Foxwedge, All Too Hard and Sizzling, as well as first season sires Bull Point, Headwater and Pride of Dubai. The highest-priced yearling in the race is Ideas Man (Brazen Beau x Innovation Girl), a $575,000 Premier Yearling Sale purchase for Ciaron Maher Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft. The winning trainer will receive a set of Swarovski Optik EL 32 Swarovision binoculars valued at $2554 for being a winning trainer of an Inglis Race Series event. Last year the race was won by Espaaniyah.


    Last year's Inglis banner winner Espaaniyah (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • NZB 2YO Breeze Ups Concluded at Te Rapa

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019

    Day-2 (Tuesday) saw the final 181 juveniles sprint down the straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, concluding the NZB Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups. Following on from Monday’s Dead 5 track conditions, the rail was moved in 4 metres and the track remained a Dead 6 throughout the day. A smart Breeze Up came from Heat 108, which included Kilmore Farm's Per Incanto gelding (Lot 222) from a successful black type family breezing up in 10.92. Following closely was a Dundeel colt (Lot 217) galloping in 10.93 from the draft of Phoenix Park.. Lot 275 is a Tavistock colt out of Gr1-winning mare Banchee. This colt breezed up in 10.46 and is closely related to Champion filly Katie Lee. Continuing the trend was Lot 26 by Showcasing out of stakes-winning mare Lamington Vegas. This colt breezed in at 10.49. Ohaupo-based Riversley Park presented the quickest performers on Day 2 in Heat 102, after a gelding by Headwater (Lot 144) breezed up at a time of 10.30. Following closely behind was Lot 128, a colt by Per Incanto out of stakes-winning mare Princess Annaliese in 10.33. The second fastest duo was Heat 191 from the Charma Heights draft. Lot 158 is a colt by Pour Moi out of Safari Sunset, breezing up in 10.45. Another quick run (Lot 315) was by a Falkirk colt who breezed up in 10.47. NZB’s Bloodstock Sales Manager Danny Rolston was pleased with the outcome across the two days of Breeze Ups. “The quality of two-year-olds that breezed up over the past two days has been outstanding and it was great to see an impressive representation of both New Zealand and international sires on the track. Full credit goes to the vendors and jockeys for presenting and breezing their horses up in a professional manner.”

  • A Day To Remember for Inglis Vendors

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019

    Damian Lane of Glenvale Park - which he runs with his father-in-law Bob Law – had a day to remember at Tuesday’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale. Not only did he offer the second-top lot (a Deep Field x Prinny’s Girl colt which sold to Horse Feng Bloodstock for $320,000, a horse Lane purchased for just $21,000 at Scone in May) but he also secured $140,000 for a Real Impact x Madison park colt to Casper Fownes, which was originally a $25,000 Classic Yearling Sale buy. “It’s been phenomenal, those two results, that doesn’t even sound right,’’ a shocked Lane said. “This is huge for us. That type of money, it’s unheard of to be honest.” Fellow vendor Blake Ryan had similarly great results, including a Real Impact x Only Roses colt which sold to Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $310,000, making it the day’s third-top lot, as well as a Headwater colt which sold for $240,000. “This is the best day of my life, my working life, although it’s pretty close to the best day ever,” gushed Ryan. “It’s 4-5 years in the making, it’s very satisfying. I can reinvest in confidence now at next year’s Classic Sale.’’

    Deep Field-Prinny's Girl

    Lot 138 Deep Field-Prinny's Girl colt (pic: inglis.com.au)
  • Vinery Sire Heading In The Right Direction

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019

    Young Vinery stallion Headwater (Exceed and Excel-River Dove, by Hurricane Sky), whose yearlings were very popular earlier this year, achieved his best result at public auction when the colt from Prison Rules made $200,000 at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale on the Gold Coast. Headwater's first-crop colt was sold by Symphony Lodge to Chinese owner Gu Tao. He's the first foal from unraced Onemorenomore mare Prison Rules.  Second-dam No Evidence Needed (Shamardal) was a Group winner at Flemington (Let's Elope Stakes) and Rosehill (Southern Cross Stakes). "We bought him from the Classic Sale for $11,000 and there was plenty of interest from local and international buyers here," Symphony Lodge owner Matthew Park said. "Whenever we brought him out of the box, other buyers would walk up and want to inspect him, too. He's a cracking individual and ticks all the boxes. The new owners told me he will be set for the first running of a 2YO race in China next year." Headwater completed a very successful sale finishing in the Top 5 for aggregate ($420,000) and average ($105,000). The Gr2-winning son of Exceed And Excel is standing at Vinery for a $16,500 (inc GST) service fee.


    Headwater has let down splendidly (pic: vinery.com.au)
  • MM Gold Coast 2YOs Day-1: Four $200k Colts

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019

    Four other juveniles sold for $200,000 each during the positive opening session of selling at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale. Aquis Farm Operations' Poet's Voice colt from Mairie (Lot 54) sold to Conway Wong and will head to NSW-based trainer Kristen Buchanan. Hong Kong's Peter Chan also went to $200,000 to secure Lot 70, the Nicconi-Ms Marju colt offered by Baystone Farm. Infantry's three-quarter brother by Tavistock, presented by Alexia Fraser Bloodstock, was sold for the same amount to Gary Ling and the China Recreation Club Syndicate. Rounding out the quartet of $200,000 sellers was the second last lot in the ring tonight - the Headwater colt from Prison Rules, who was offered by Symphony Lodge, and was purchased by China-based buyer Gu Tao.

    Headwater-Prison Rules

    Symphony Lodge's Headwater-Prison Rules $200k colt (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
  • Early 2YO Form is Invariably Good Form

    Fri, 4 Oct 2019

    As predictable as the changing of the seasons (well, pre climate change anyway), the first 2YO stakes races are inevitably a reliable indicator of juveniles that will continue to furnish through their 2YO seasons. Indeed, many of them will go on to be the Cum Laude of their crop. "Money talks and bullshit walks" is bang-on with the babies, so keep a close watch on the odds. Friday's market can change significantly by Saturday post time when the real cash goes down. Although it's generally an exciting time for punters and pundits to witness the new generation, it's also a significant opportunity for the first wares of the Freshman Sires to be displayed. Whilst not definitive, it's a good indicator of precocity. Good examples are Coolmore's Vancouver and Vinery's Headwater who share five representatives in Sydney's Gimcrack Stakes and Breeders' Plate. Although they're not stakes races, the first two events at Eagle Farm in Brisbane are also sex divided 2YO sprints likely to include some of the better juveniles in Queensland.

  • Zoustar 2YO Heads MM Seymour Breeeze-Ups

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019

    A colt by leading Widden Stud sire Zoustar was amongst the youngsters to shine at today's Seymour breeze-up session in preparation for next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast 2Yos in Training Sale. Catalogued as Lot 214, the flashy chestnut colt is the second foal of an unraced half-sister to Coolmore Classic winner Regal Cheer, the dam of multiple stakes winner Knoydart. A member of a quality Nolen Racing draft, the chestnut colt clocked 10.18 seconds for the 200 metre timed breeze during a successful Victorian breeze-up session at the Seymour Racing Club. Lot 56, the El Roca-Mandeville colt for Moffatt Breaking & Pre Training and Lot 165, the Starspangledbanner-Vintage Class colt from Rosemont Stud, both ran 10.32 seconds. A full-brother to Black Magnum (Lot 153) from Nolen Racing clocked 10.33 seconds, while Lots 32 (Headwater-Kee De Vega colt for Moffatt Breaking & Pre Training) and 242 (No Nay Never-El Shahar colt for Nolen Racing) ran sharply in 10.35 seconds. The breeze-up action now switches north for a large line-up to step out at the Gold Coast Turf Club from 9.30am on Monday. To view the online catalogue including breeze-up times and continually updated videos click here. Those unable to attend the Gold Coast on Monday can catch the action via the live broadcast page under sales on the Magic Millions website.

    Zoustar colt MM 2YO Seymour

    Lot 214, a Zoustar colt MM 2YO Seymour recorded the fastest time (pic: supplied)
  • Freshman Sire Slipper Noms Revealed

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019

    With only days until the 2019/20 season, breeders will be listening to a lot of talk about the freshman sires and who has precocious 2YOs. A further emperical guide to support potential precocity is Golden Slipper nominations on the assumption that these are the young horses their trainers expect to show some juvenile prowess. The 2020 Golden Slipper nominations number 2,459 horses by 191 different stallions. Of those by first season sires, there are 379 horses (15% of the total) across 21 stallions who have their first crop about to hit the tracks. It should be no surprise that Golden Slipper winner Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) leads the freshman list with 74 of his first crop nominated for the Golden Slipper. Gr1 juvenile winner Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) is next with 51 nominations, while those with more than ten of their first crop nominated are: Headwater (38), Exosphere (34), Super One (30), Kermadec (24), Spill the Beans (23), Scissor Kick (22), Press Statement (21), Rich Enuff (16), and Nostradamus (10). Although helpful as a guide, the figures don't take into account the percentage of a freshman sire's crop nominated, some having served very large books of mares on debut.


    Vancouver has 74 noms for the Golden Slipper (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Sunday Debut For Headwater's Sister

    Fri, 5 Jul 2019

    Purchased for $400,000 from the Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Peachester Lodge from the draft of Cressfield, well-bred 2YO filly A River Somewhere makes her debut at Caloundra on Sunday. Trained by Tony Gollan, the filly by Darley’s Champion 2YO Sire Exceed And Excel is a full-sister to exciting young Vinery Stud-based Headwater, whose speedy exploits included victory in the Gr2 Silver Stakes during his juvenile year. Out of the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove, an eight-time winning daughter of Hurricane Sky, A River Somewhere is one of 12 unraced runners in the field of 16, and with Brad Stewart in the saddle, the filly will get every opportunity to make a winning debut from barrier 9. Racing in the silks made famous by the multiple Gr1 winner Shoot Out (High Chaparral), the filly is also from the same family of this season’s Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia d’Oro) and Gr3 Canonbury Stakes winner Mclaren (Exceed And Excel).


    A River Somewhere is a full-sister to Headwater (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Fanreluche Double-Cross For Rising Star Filly

    Tue, 2 Jul 2019

    Meanwhile, exciting 3YO filly Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince-Meerlust by Johannesburg), a homebred for Peter Harris and Matthew Irwin, could boost her value more than normal should she win a Gr1 event for connections. The recent Gr3 winner is direct descendant of North American champion Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer) who is also third dam of Casino Prince’s sire Flying Spur, and a premium victory and a double-cross to a blue-hen mare would put Baccarat Baby in the blue-chip department when she eventually retires to stud. Her performance confirms Casino Prince as an unequivocal go-to sire for broodmare owners looking for established value in the Hunter Valley. He stands for a $6,600 service fee at Vinery Stud with More Than Ready ($55,000), All Too Hard ($27,500), Star Turn ($22,000), Headwater ($16,500), Press Statement ($16,500) & Pluck ($6,600).

  • Vinery Hosting Scone Carnival Stallion Parades

    Thu, 9 May 2019

    During the Scone Cup Carnival later this week, Vinery Stud will open its gates and invite breeders to the stud to inspect their line-up of six high class stallions standing in 2019. The parades will coincide with the richest country racing carnival in Australia, held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May, to allow Scone’s guests to fill in their mornings and get a great feel for the Thoroughbred industry in the Horse Capital of Australia. It’s a great opportunity to view the stallions and get up nice and close to them for your inspections before the upcoming breeding season. Vinery’s bloodstock expert Adam White will talk you through the sire line-up and explain which types of mares work best with each of them. The main entrance opens at 9am for a light morning tea. The parades will kick off after that. The stallions comprise:

    • All Too Hard – Australian Champion 3YO, winner of over $ 2million on the track and sire of 22 stakes performers from just 4 crops of racing age.
    • Casino Prince – Champion 1st & 2nd Season Sire, winner of over $1 million on the track, prolific sire with a 70% winners to runners strike rate.
    • Headwater – Exciting young stallion with an incredible sprinting pedigree and performance record. First yearlings averaged almost 6 times covering fee at the 2019 Magic Millions.
    • Pluck – By the legendary More Than Ready, he’s the perfect outcross and his average progeny earnings are 6.7 times his current service fee.
    • Press Statement – The NSW Champion 3YO, with 2 Gr1 wins and over $1.8 million in earnings. His first crop sold to $380k and averaged over 6 times covering fee at the Magic Millions.
    • Star Turn – The powerhouse sprinter who was never unplaced as a 3YO including 4 Gr1 runs. His first crop weanlings sell in 2019.

    Press Statement

    Press Statement (pic: vinery.com.au)
  • HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale on Sunday

    Tue, 7 May 2019

    In the immediate future, sales attention now moves to Scone on Sunday for the annual HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale, for which 204 yearlings have been catalogued. Progeny of 71 sires including Not A Single Doubt, Dundeel, Brazen Beau, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, More Than Ready, Deep Field, Nicconi, Rubick, Smart Missile, Star Witness, All Too Hard and Tavistock are among the catalogue, as are first season offerings by the likes of Exosphere, Press Statement, Kermadec, Super One, Scissor Kick, Headwater, Real Impact, Bull Point, Outreach and Panzer Division. The sale will begin at White Park at 10am this Sunday, May 12. Inspections begin from 8.30am at White Park on Saturday.

    So You Think

    So You Think is represented at the Scone Yearling Sale (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Vinery Young Guns Set Breeding Season Tone

    Wed, 24 Apr 2019

    Vinery has announced its 2019 stallion service fees ahead of a breakthrough season for exciting young sires Press Statement and Headwater. The duo’s first yearlings were very popular at the sales, and they will step out in the spring for Australia’s leading stables. A Press Statement filly made $340,000 on the Gold Coast and a colt $270,000 at Sydney Classic that will be trained by Chris Waller. “Press Statement was a genuine Gr1 horse and the feedback from the breakers has been very positive,” Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said this week. “They’re tough and they’re athletes.” Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) was the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than Zoustar & Brazen Beau! Headwater began his stud career with a ‘speed on speed’ label and his first crop are in the fast-lane for precocity and good looks. He topped first-crop turnover at the Inglis Classic and among that draft was a $140,000 colt purchased by Mick Price. Headwater has a potent pedigree combining Champion sire Exceed And Excel and Oakleigh Plate Gr1 winner River Dove. He won the Silver Slipper Stakes Gr2 before returning at three to defeat older horses in the Kensington Stakes LR down the straight at Flemington. A season behind is ultra consistent Gr1 sprinter Star Turn (Star Witness) whose first foals are catalogued for the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale and Magic Millions National Sale in May and the Vinery team have been fielding rave reports from around the country. “Breeders are coming back after seeing his foals,” Orton said. “He’s stamping them, alright. They’re beasts. He’s a great outcross with just one strain of Danehill back four generations. He’s been booked out in his first two years here and his fee remains the same in 2019.” The Vinery roster and fees are:

    • All Too Hard - $27,500
    • Star Turn - $22,000
    • Headwater - $16,500
    • Press Statement - $16,500
    • Casino Prince - $6,600
    • Pluck - $6,600
  • Levendi's Half-Sister To Make Kensington Debut

    Tue, 2 Apr 2019

    Wednesday's opening race on the Randwick Kensington track, the Headwater @ Vinery Stud Handicap (1150m), sees a final field of 10 acceptances, six of which are yet to face the starter on race day. The Gary Moore-trained Lombardia, a daughter of Widden Stud's deceased Sebring, will make her debut with jockey Tim Clark in the saddle. Purchased by George Moore Bloodstock for $500,000 from the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the Widden Stud Pty Ltd, Mr RM Anderson and Mr J Moore-owned filly has been readied for her debut with two trial efforts, most recently finishing a nose second to Richard Freedman's Wandjina colt Vaporizing, who has been nominated to race at Kembla Grange this Saturday. A half-sister to last season's Gr1 ATC Derby winner Levendi, a son of Coolmore's Pierro, Lombardia is out of the stakes-placed Redoute's Choice mare Lipari, who is also the dam of the Gr3 National Stakes winner Marcel From Madrid (Sepoy). Lipari is now in the ownership of Olly Tait's Twin Hill Stud who purchased the mare for bargain price of $170,000 in foal to More Than Ready, with that resultant foal selling earlier this year at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $550,000 to John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud.


    Gr1 winner Levendi is a half-sister to Lombardia (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Inglis Scone Select Sale Catalogue Online

    Tue, 2 Apr 2019

    A total of 204 yearlings have been catalogued for the HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale at White Park on Sunday May 12. All yearlings offered at the sale are eligible for the $100,000 Scone Inglis Challenge and the $8m Inglis Race Series. The Scone sale has provided a host of racetrack stars in recent years including Gr1-winning sprinter Voodoo Lad, Gr2-winning 2YOs Time For War and Look To The Stars, as well as Stakes winner Rom Baro. Of the horses catalogued, 91 percent are BOBS Eligible. Progeny of 71 sires including Not A Single Doubt, Dundeel, Brazen Beau, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, More Than Ready, Deep Field, Nicconi, Rubick, Smart Missile, Star Witness, All Too Hard and Tavistock are among the catalogue, as are first season offerings by the likes of Exosphere, Press Statement, Kermadec, Super One, Scissor Kick, Headwater, Real Impact, Bull Point, Outreach and Panzer Division. Inspections for the Scone Select Yearling Sale will begin at White Park from 8.30am on Saturday May 11. The sale will begin at 10am the following day.To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.

    Voodoo Lad

    Gr1-winning Scone graduate Voodoo Lad (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Inglis Scone Select Sale Catalogue Online

    Mon, 1 Apr 2019

    A total of 204 yearlings have been catalogued for the HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale at White Park on Sunday May 12. All yearlings offered at the sale are eligible for the $100,000 Scone Inglis Challenge and the $8m Inglis Race Series. The Scone sale has provided a host of racetrack stars in recent years including Gr1-winning sprinter Voodoo Lad, Gr2-winning 2YOs Time For War and Look To The Stars, as well as Stakes winner Rom Baro. Of the horses catalogued, 91 percent are BOBS Eligible. Progeny of 71 sires including Not A Single Doubt, Dundeel, Brazen Beau, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, More Than Ready, Deep Field, Nicconi, Rubick, Smart Missile, Star Witness, All Too Hard and Tavistock are among the catalogue, as are first season offerings by the likes of Exosphere, Press Statement, Kermadec, Super One, Scissor Kick, Headwater, Real Impact, Bull Point, Outreach and Panzer Division. Inspections for the Scone Select Yearling Sale will begin at White Park from 8.30am on Saturday May 11. The sale will begin at 10am the following day.To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.

    Voodoo Lad

    Gr1-winning Scone graduate Voodoo Lad (pic: Mark Gatt)