Sire: Exceed and Excel
Dam: River Dove
Dam Sire: Hurricane Sky
Born: 2012
Colour: Bay
Size: 16.1½HH
Commenced Stud Duties: 2016
Service Fee: $16,500 inc. GST payable on live foal


Leading First Season Sire by Winners (equal) in 2019-20.
CHAMPION Second Season Sire in 2020-21.

He’s the young sire that ticks all the boxes!

Pure Speed – He’s bred for Pure Speed being by a Gr.1 Newmarket Hcp winner, out of a Gr.1 Oakleigh Plate winner.

Early 2yo – He had early 2yo speed, winning on debut in December of his juvenile year before going on to win the Gr.2 Silver Slipper as a 2yo.

Trained on – He was then one of only a few to go on as a 3yo and defeat older horses at Stakes level inc. subsequent Gr.1 winner The Quarterback when victorious in the Kensington Stakes, a sprint down the Flemington straight.

Type and conformation – He is an impeccable type, retired sound, and fetched half a million dollars as a yearling.

Big books – He’s been well supported at stud and has covered full books in all five of his seasons at stud so far, with 2020 his biggest book so far (172 mares). Passing on his exceptional conformation to his progeny and his early runner results on the track have kept breeders coming back.

Breeding on – It’s been noticed in the sale rings that he is passing on his good looks. At the 2018 Inglis Weanling Sale he fetched the top price for a first season sire with his colt from Manju ($75,000). At the 2018 Magic Millions Weanling Sale his colt from The Carnival made $170,000. In 2019 his first yearlings averaged almost 6x covering fee at the Magic Millions. At the 2019 Inglis Classic yearling sale Headwater topped first-season-sire aggregates with $1.36million to his name during Book 1.

First crop – His youngsters impressed breakers, pre-trainers and trainers, from the outset, with early reports being nothing but positive. “The Headwater filly we have is very forward and a ready-made racehorse. She has done quite a bit of work already in our Caulfield and Warwick Farm stables and is handling things very well.” – David Eustace, trainer at Ciaron Maher Racing.

It’s not surprising that his first 2yo’s made an immediate impact on the track! He sired Group 3 winner WISDOM OF WATER and Stakes placed Be Water My Friend in his first crop. They joined his 10 first crop winners to help Headwater join the Top 10 Australian Sires by 2yo winners and the Top 3 First Season Sires by winners, wins, and Stakes wins in the 2019/20 season.

His second season was just as exciting. He won the Second Season Sires’ Premiership thanks to his 46 Aussie winners, headed by Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes winner JAMAEA, Listed SAHC Manihi Classic winner MILEVA and STARLIGHT, the winner of the Singapore 3yo Classic (Sing-Gr.2).

Trainers are starting to target his 2yo’s in the sale rings too. At the 2019 Magic Millions 2yo’s in Training Sale he had a colt from Prison Rules sell for $200,000 and helped him achieve a Top 5 ranking by both aggregate and average. At the 2019 Karaka Ready To Run Sale one of his youngsters sold for $420,000.

There’s no doubt that this exciting young son of an Australian Champion Sire has a big future.

HEADWATER 3 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$460,800, ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2, VRC Kensington S., L, MRC Cactus Imaging 2YO P., 3d ATC Todman S., Gr.2, 4th MVRC AJ Moir S., Gr.1. He entered stud in Aust. in 2016. Leading Second Season Sire in Aust. in 2020-21. Sire of 132 progeny to race, 69 winners (52.0%), earnings of over $4.6 million, 4 stakes winners, 5 stakes placegetters, inc.

JAMAEA (18f, Johannesburg, Encosta de Lago). 3 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m to 2021-22, A$900,740, ATC Percy Sykes S., Gr.2, Furious S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Magic Night S., Gr.3, Lonhro P., L, 4th ATC Silver Shadow S., Gr.2.

WISDOM OF WATER (17c, Royal Academy, Tierce). 3 wins at 2, A$447,050, GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic, Gr.3, Aquis Gold Nugget 2YO H., TAB 2YO P., 2d ATC Star Kingdom H., Gr.3, 3d BRC Moreton Cup, Gr.2, GCTC Goldmarket H., L, Illawarra TC The Warra, 4th GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic, RL.

MILEVA (17f, Magic Albert, Geiger Counter). 5 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m to 2021-22, A$289,185, MRC Alinghi S., L, SAJC Manihi Classic, L, Murray Bridge RC Murray Computers 2YO P., SAJC Terry Howe Printing H., Antonio and Elisabeth H., 2d SAJC Canadian Club H., 3d VRC Furphy Sprint, Gr.3, SAJC Raider Series Final H.

STARLIGHT (17g, Zabeel, Tights). 4 wins at 1200m, 1400m to 2021, S$253,663, Singapore 3YO Classic, L, Singapore TC Nov S., Class 3 H., 2d Singapore TC Merlion Trophy, L, Class 3 H., Class 4 H.-twice.

Aquagirl (17f, Dehere, Century). 4 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m to 2021-22, A$222,450, Ballarat TC Magic Millions Ballarat 3YO & 4YO Classic, VRC Firstly Sprint 2YO P., MVRC Sustainable Energy H., 2d MRC Clanbrooke Racing H., 3d MRC Quezette S., Gr.3, MVRC Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge H., Quest 2YO P.

Karacasu (18g, Medaglia d'Oro, Dehere). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1100m to 2021-22, A$156,575, SAJC Fleurieu Milk Company 2YO H., Wills & Daniel H., 2d SAJC Breeders' S., Gr.3, David Coles AM S., Gr.3, TAB 2YO H.

Heavenly Waters (18f, Snitzel, Defensive Play). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m to 2021-22, A$149,896, WATC Crystal Slipper S., 2d Pinjarra RC Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic, RL, WATC Crown Perth 2YO P.

Tristate (18c, Encosta de Lago, Danzero). 2 wins at 1100m in 2021-22, A$94,430, ATC Vinery H., Arrowfield Virtual Parade H., 3d ATC Heritage S., L.

Be Water My Friend (17g, Duporth, Flying Spur). Winner at 2, 2d BRC Gotransit H., 3d BRC Dalrello S., L, Nat McCall Racing H., GCTC Martin Collins H., 4th BRC Daybreak Lover P., L.

You'll be Mist (18f, Arena, Valixir). 3 wins at 2 in 2020-21, A$131,050, SCTC Innovative Planning Solutions 2YO H., Martin Collins Australia 2YO H., 2d SCTC Butler McDermott Lawyers Classic 2YO H., 3d BRC Brisbane's Summer of Racing 2YO H.

Goldsborough (17g, Testa Rossa, Sir Tristram). 3 wins at 1000m, 1050m in 2020-21, A$135,925, BRC Nat McCall Racing H., SCTC Access Insulation H., 2d BRC Roku Gin 2YO P., SCTC Hampers to Go 2YO H., Access Insulation H., 3d BRC IPG Marketing Darby McCarthy P., SCTC Travis Schultz & Partners H.

Keep Reading (18g, Publishing, Distant Music). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1100m, 1200m to 2021-22, SAJC Wills and Daniel 2YO P., Dominant H., 2d SAJC White Claw H., Gawler & Barossa JC Kingsford Hotel H., 3d SAJC Doony's Dash H.

Hydro Star (17g, Delago Brom, Sir Tristram). Winner at 2, MRC Ladbrokes Back Yourself 2YO H., 3d VRC Kennedy Plate H.

Arctic Thunder (17f, Big Brown, Covetous). 6 wins to 1550m to 2021-22, A$189,935, ATC Midway H., TAB H., 2d ATC Midway H.

River Twain (17g, Henny Hughes, Kingmambo). 5 wins to 1250m to 2021-22, A$193,325, SAJC Adelaide Galvanising H., Happy 60th Birthday S Hill H., 2d MVRC Lloyd Williams P.

Vigorous Flow (17g, Onemorenomore, Shamardal). 3 wins at 1600m, 1900m in 2020-21, A$76,405, ATC Bowermans Furniture H.

Contessa (17f, Charge Forward, Elusive Quality). 2 wins at 1200m, 1300m to 2021-22, BRC XXXX Dry H., 2d BRC Springsocial.com.au H., TAB Venue Mode P., 3d BRC John Lyng Group H., GCTC Member of the YearJ Frank H.

Head Legislator (17g, More Than Ready, Conquistarose). 2 wins at 1300m, 1400m in 2021-22, A$81,340, ATC Bowermans Furniture H., 2d ATC Astern at Darley H., BRC XXXX Dry P., TAB Venue Mode H.

Virtuous Miss (17f, Lonhro, Thunder Gulch). 2 wins at 1000m, 1050m in 2021-22, BRC RQ Supports Racing Safety P., Bernborough Ascot H.

Flaming Passion (17g, Dubleo, Red Anchor). 2 wins at 1200m in 2021-22, HKJC Murrayfield H., Shenzhen H., 2d HKJC Garden H., 3d HKJC Gladiolus H.

Enticing (17g, Niello, Arch Sculptor). 2 wins at 1200m in 2020-21, WATC Quayclean H., Glenroy Chaff P., 2d WATC Heineken 3 H., 3d WATC Free Entry to Belmont Park H.

Whitewater (18g, Platinum Scissors, Faltaat). Winner at 1200m in 2021-22, GCTC Hall of Fame-Heinrich Family P., 2d BRC TAB H.

Predetermined (18g, Red Ransom, Redoute's Choice). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, MRC Ladbrokes Switch 2YO H., 4th MVRC Valley Pearl S., L.

Dovetail Diva (18f, Mossman, Desert King). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, BRC TAB Venue Mode 2YO H., 4th GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic, Gr.3.

Chief Mondo (17g, Trotamondo, Snaadee). Winner at 1050m in 2020-21, BRC TAB Venue Mode H., 3d BRC Village Kitchen Ascot 2YO P.

Gunnamatta (17g, Umatilla, Scenic). Winner at 2, ATC Yes Yes Yes at Coolmore 2YO H., 2d ATC Iron Jack 2YO P.

Lady River (17f, Al Samer, Dolphin Street). 3 wins at 1100m to 2021-22, 3d ATC TAB Highway H.

Sequana (17f, Magic Albert, Zoffany). 3 wins-1 at 2-to 1300m to 2020-21, A$80,525, 3d ATC Bowermans Furniture H.

Head on Up (17f, Zizou, Redoute's Choice). 2 wins at 1000m, 1100m to 2021-22, A$82,785, 2d BRC Spring Ladies Raceday H., 3d BRC TAB P.

Stormborn (17f, Shamardal, Bluebird). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m to 2020-21, A$78,840, 2d ATC Vinery Stud H., 3d VRC New Year 2YO S., MVRC Ladbrokes Back Yourself 2YO P.


HURRICANE SKY 6 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 1800m, A$876,650, AJC All Aged S., Gr.1, VATC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1, Autumn Classic, Gr.2, VRC Criterion H., L, VATC Zeditave S., L, Street Cafe 2YO H., 2d Australian Guineas, Gr.1, VATC CF Orr S., Gr.1, 3d VRC Mollison H., L, VATC HDF McNeil S., L, VRC Food & Wine Festival H., 4th MVRC Alister Clark S., Gr.2. Sire of winners of over $36 million - 20 stakes winners, inc. RIVER DOVE, DIVINE MADONNA, DESERT SKY, DESERT EAGLE - GRAND DELIGHT (H.K.), HADABECLORKA, HONALEE, COOL FRONT, CONTINUUM, WILDLY, AVANTE, etc. Maternal sire of winners of over $40 million - 22 stakes winners, inc. SRIKANDI, FIRST COMMAND, ONEWORLD, CARRARA, HEADWATER, SPIRITS DANCE, SHARED REFLECTIONS, UNIVERSAL RULER, READYTOGORIGHTNOW, RAIN GAL.


1st Dam

RIVER DOVE, by Hurricane Sky. 8 wins at 1000m, 1100m, A$513,950, MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1, VRC Pura Light Start Sprint H., Value Bet Sprint H., MRC Grace Darling H., Avon H., MVRC Swift Signs Flying H., VRC Bunnings Warehouse H., 2d VRC Kensington S., L, Sky Channel H., Isca H., 3d MRC National Telecoms Group Vase, Jack Elliot H., MVRC Moonee Ponds Shopping Centre Trophy H. Sister to River Serenade (dam of FIRST COMMAND, ONEWORLD), half-sister to River Crossing (dam of KULGRINDA, RIVER DELTA), River Express (dam of CROSS CURRENT). Dam of eight named foals, seven to race, five winners, inc:-

HEADWATER (c. by Exceed and Excel). Subject horse.

Fare Well (f. by Exceed and Excel). 3 wins-1 at 2-to 1300m, A$238,515, ATC Gallipoli H., Warwick Farm H., Twitter at Gossytrack 2YO P., 2d Scone RC Denise's Joy S., L, ATC Ken Callander Fellowship H., Sportsyear Sprint H., Drummond Golf H., 3d VRC Gucci S., L, Ipswich TC Gai Waterhouse Classic, L, 4th ATC Starlight S., L, Razor Sharp H., L.


2nd Dam

RIDE THE RAPIDS, by River Rough. 4 wins-1 at 2-to 1400m, A$98,175, AJC James HB Carr S., L, VATC Sapphire H., VRC Sovereign H., 2d VATC Nearest H., 3d MVRC Laurent Perrier S., Gr.2. Half-sister to CATCHFIRE, I LOVE SYDNEY, Catchadane. Dam of 13 named foals, all raced, 10 winners, inc:-

RIVER DOVE (Hurricane Sky). 8 wins. See above.

River Crossing (Bellotto). 2 wins at 1000m, 1100m, A$124,550, VRC Eat Well-Live Well H., VATC Ascot H., 2d VRC Kensington S., L, Flemington Movies H., VATC Coles Serving Better H., 3d VRC Sidney Myer Centenary Sprint H. Dam of-

KULGRINDA (Exceed and Excel). 9 wins to 1100m, A$553,684, SAJC RN Irwin S., Gr.3, MRC Carlyon S., L, SAJC Lightning S., L, Manihi Classic, L, MVRC City Jeep H., Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge Heat H.-3 times, 2d SAJC DC McKay S., Gr.3, MRC WJ Adams H., L, SAJC Redelva S., L. Producer.

RIVER DELTA (Al Maher). 4 wins at 1200m, 1400m, A$248,210, Geelong RC Black Pearl Classic, L, VRC Prudential P., MRC Geoff Murphy H., 3d MRC Sportscover Insures VAFA P. Producer.

River Pearl. Unplaced. Dam of-

RIVER NIGHT (Night of Thunder). Winner at 2, A$356,000, MRC Redoute's Choice S., L, 2d MRC Quezette S., Gr.3, VRC Very Special Kids P., L, 3d MRC Merson Cooper S., L.

River Express. 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1600m, VRC Cleanevent 2YO H., 3d VRC True Version H. Dam of-

CROSS CURRENT (Keltrice). 3 wins-1 at 2-to 1400m, A$293,000, VRC PFD Food Services S., L, MRC JRA Doveton S., L, VRC Today Tonight 2YO Sprint H., 2d MRC HDF McNeil S., Gr.3, MVRC Leslie Froggatt S., L, Mitchell McKenzie S., L, 3d MRC Merson Cooper S., L.

Riptide. Winner at 2, A$93,975, VRC Bruce Gadsden 2YO H., 2d VRC ACG Security 2YO H. Dam of-

CROWN PROSECUTOR (Medaglia d'Oro). Second Leading NZ 3YO Male on 2018-19 International Ratings. 2 wins at 1600m, 2400m, NZ$668,125, A$6,000, New Zealand Derby, Gr.1, Levin RC Wellington S., Gr.3, 3d Hawkes Bay Livamol Classic, Gr.1, Waikato RC House of Travel S.

River Tribe. Winner at 1400m, 3d SAJC Perks Property Investments H. Dam of-

WILLOW CREEK (Tale of the Cat). 2 wins at 2, A$250,475, STC Magic Night S., Gr.2, 2d VRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2, 3d VRC Talindert S., L, SAJC Adelaide Guineas, L, 4th MRC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1. Producer.

Speedboat. Placed at 3 in Aust. Dam of-

CAPTIVANT (Capitalist). 2 wins at 2, A$1,105,950, in 2020-21, ATC Champagne S., Gr.1, Victory Vein P., 2d MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, 3d ATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1, Skyline S., Gr.2, San Domenico S., Gr.3.

River Serenade. Winner at 1000m in Aust. Dam of-

FIRST COMMAND (Commands). 12 wins to 1200m, NZ$175,000, A$836,601, MRC Caulfield Sprint H., Gr.2, VRC Kensington S., L-twice, MRC LT Cleary S., L, Heath S., L, 2d WRC Telegraph H., Gr.1, VRC Gilgai S., Gr.2, MRC Rubiton S., Gr.3, SAJC RN Irwin S., Gr.3, MRC Testa Rossa S., L, BRC Lightning H., L, 3d MRC Rubiton S., Gr.2, VRC Swisse Vitamins Century S., L, MRC WJ Adams S., L.

ONEWORLD (Danehill Dancer). 8 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, 1400m, HK$13,129,350, 736,000Dhs, HKJC Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint, Gr.2, Audemars Piguet Dream H., Cheung Fat H., Chow Tai Fook Aura Series H., 2d Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, Gr.1, HKJC Premier Cup, L, Sha Tin Sprint Trophy, L, Premier Bowl H., L, 3d Meydan Dubai Golden Shaheen S., Gr.1, HKJC Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, L, Sprint Cup, L, Sha Tin Vase, L, Chow Tai Fook Bauhinia Sprint H., L. Sire.

Serenada. 4 wins to 1400m, SAJC Clean SA H., Sportingbet H., 2d MVRC Tatts Group H., 3d MVRC Printhouse Graphics H. Dam of-

MCLAREN (Exceed and Excel). Winner at 2, A$122,575, ATC Canonbury S., Gr.3, 3d Canberra RC Black Opal S., Gr.3, 4th ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2.

(in Australia)

At 2 : ATC (Rosehill) Silver Slipper S., Gr.2 (1100m beating Voilier and Mishani Honcho), MRC Cactus Imaging 2YO P. (1000m), 3d ATC (Randwick) Todman S., Gr.2 (1200m to Vancouver and Furnaces)
At 3 : VRC Kensington S., L (1000m beating Bullpit and The Quarterback), 4th MVRC AJ Moir S., Gr.1 (1000m)