Sire: Exceed and Excel
Dam: River Dove
Dam Sire: Hurricane Sky
Born: 2012
Colour: Bay
Size: 16.1½HH
Commenced Stud Duties: 2016
Service Fee: $13,750 inc. GST payable on live foal


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 his first three seasons at stud. His exceptional conformation has bred onto his progeny, which keeps 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 $1.36 million 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 have made an immediate impact on the track! He’s already sired Group 3 winner WISDOM OF WATER and Stakes placegetter Be Water My Friend. They join his 10 first crop winners and have helped him join the Top 10 Australian Sires by 2yo winners and the Top 3 First Season Sires by winners, wins, and Stakes wins.

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.

Age Runs 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 4 2 1 A$359,700
3 7 1 A$101,100
Totals: 11 3 1 A$460,800

At 2:
ATC (Rosehill) Silver Slipper S., Gr.2 (1100m beating Voilier and Mishani Honcho)
MRC Cactus Imaging 2YO P. (1000m)
3rd 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)

*  Information courtesy of Arion Pedigrees

*  Information courtesy of Arion Pedigrees