Vinery freshman Headwater sired his third individual winner this season with Aquagirl in the Firstly Sprint 2YO Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Sunday.
Aquagirl jumped from the inside barrier and jockey Dean Holland used the fence to help guide his filly down the straight. Facing the starter for just the second time, she was headed shortly after the field linked up with the course proper but kept lifting to defeat Bombay Rocket (Snitzel) by a half-length.
“Dean walked the track and told me it was an even surface,” trainer Phillip Stokes said. “She’s a very professional filly and it’s great to win for Wylie Dalziel and his owners.
“She ran extra-well at Moonee Valley first-up and the form out of that race is standing up. She has been paid up for the (Gr.1) Blue Diamond Stakes but I will wait and see how she pulls up before making a decision.”
Aquagirl had chased a super-sonic pace set by Headwater filly Stormborn on debut at Moonee Valley on January 24 and she surged to the front in the straight only to be run down late by Godolphin filly Valaquenta.
Stormborn clocked a quicker mid-race sectional than Hey Doc in the (Gr.2) Australia Stakes that night and Aquagirl’s placing put the writing on the wall for an early win.
“We bought her at the Gold Coast Magic Millions for $55,000 and she was forward enough to race earlier this season,” Dalziel said. “But we thought it best to give her a break and bulk up with some spring sunshine on her back.”
First-dam Galapagos Girl (Dehere) won a Gr.3 Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington and her half-sister Procrastinate (Jade Hunter) foaled Stakes winners Laisserfaire, Foreplay, Personify, Time Thief and A Time For Julia.
Headwater (Exceed And Excel) opened his account with city winners Wisdom Of Water (Gold Coast) and Mileva (Murray Bridge) in January. The terrific start at stud saw three of his yearlings make six-figures during Day 1 of the Inglis Classic Sale on Sunday.