Promising 3yo sprinter-milers Hydrometer and Rising Water have sent Vinery stallion Headwater within sight of more milestones after winning their maidens at Gosford and Tatura last week.

Headwater (Excel And Excel) has sired 192 winners of 491 races since Wisdom Of Water opened his account at the Gold Coast in January 2020.  He was Australia’s Leading First Season Sire for Winners in 2019-20 and Australia’s Champion Second Season Sire in 2020-21.

Hydrometer (3g Headwater – Cristal Eyes by All Too Hard) was always in control leading the field home in the Signarama Erina Hcp (1200m) from the Written By duo Classic Poetry and Rum Diary.  “He set the pace out front and held on for placings in his first two starts but he made sure there wouldn’t be a third on his home track,” trainer Tracey Bartley reported.

“Lee (Magorrian) pushed forward from the inside draw to find the front and the pair never looked back.  He shouldered top-weight of 59.5kg but gave a good kick at the top of the straight to salute by over a length.”

His dam Cristal Eyes is owned by Vinery partner Alan Green (Echo Beach Bloodstock) and Brian Singer.  She was Group 3-placed in the 2018 TBV Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and is a three-quarter sister to All Too Hard’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner Villermont.

Her USA-bred dam Champagne Run is a Keeneland-winning daughter of Vinery’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere).

Rising Water (3g Headwater – Spiritriser Bean by Sebring) won a Bet365 Maiden Plate (1600m) when getting out to a mile for the first time at Tatura.  “That was a tough win,” jockey Rhys McLeod said.  “He had every chance last time but was a bit wayward.  He came off the bridle before the corner today but was still picking it up at the finish.”

He’s trained by Nick Ryan for Express Racing manager Darcy Judd who bought his dam Spiritriser Bean with a PPT to Headwater at the 2020 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.  Second-dam Morinda (Desert King) is a half-sister to Group 2 VRC Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) winner So Gorgeous (Brief Truce).

Headwater’s 2yo division is holding down third spot on the Australian winners table behind Written Tycoon (12) and Snitzel (11).  He has 9 alongside Too Darn Hot (GB) and his last-start Muswellbrook winner Don’t Forget Jack can salute again in the QTIS 2YO Hcp (1200m) at Doomben on Wednesday.

Vinery stands Headwater for a $9,900 (inc GST) service fee with payment on a live foal.  For bookings or further information, contact Adam, Harry, McKoy or Peter on (02) 6543 8333.