Here Comes Headwater

Mark Smith - Sunday July 5

It is getting to sound like a broken record of late, the fourth winner in a week for the sire on fire Headwater, but this one came with a twist.

Following a luckless debut at Scone on June 9, the Kris Lees-trained filly Sequana made the trip to Mudgee on Sunday in an open age maiden over 1200 metres.

We have been getting used to the Headwaters showing plenty of toe, however Sequana trailed the 11-horse field early and still had plenty to do when turning for home.

By t


he 200 metres she had them covered and raced away under Andrew Gibbons to defeat Council (Krupt) by two and half lengths with a short-neck back to Microna (Choistar) in third.


Sequana was a $20,000 Magic Millions weanling purchase who made $65,000 to the bid of Australian Bloodstock at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

Headwater (Mark Smith)

She is the third foal of the very smart Magic Albert mare Leviosa who was a stakes-placed 4-time winner.

Leviosa’s dam Seena Baleena (Zoffany) is a sister to the Group II MVRC Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Burning Embers and the Group II STC Todman Slipper and Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Clan Sullivan who was runner-up in a Golden Slipper.

Sequana becomes the tenth first crop winner for Vinery Stud’s Headwater (Exceed And Excel), which matches Pride Of Dubai and is two behind Spill The Beans.

It proved a timely win for Coolmore Stud who will offer a Vancouver filly out of Seena Baleena at the upcoming Inglis Australian Easter Weanling Sale.



Race Result - Alfabs Mdn Plate 1200m

Mudgee Track: Good(4) Time: 1:11.78
T: K A Lees J: A Gibbons 54.5
2f Headwater (AUS) x Leviosa (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
T: M D Griffith J: Mitchell Bell 59
3g Krupt (AUS) x Sister Swank (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
T: J A Steinmetz J: Ms R Murray 59
3g Choistar (AUS) x Canley Cares (AUS) (E Dubai (USA))
Giselle Anne
T: L W Curtis J: J Ford 57
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Tango (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
Listen To The Band
T: Ms G Williams J: G Buckley 59
5g Tickets (AUS) x Fuji Girl (AUS) (Fuji Kiseki (JPN))
T: Cameron Crockett J: A Layt 57
3f Star Witness (AUS) x Encapsulate (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Lord Of Helicon
T: Kylie Kennedy J: K Dunbar 59
3g Excelebration (IRE) x Star Of Helicon (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Galaxy Rock
T: Cameron Crockett J: A Cavallo 57
3f Stratum (AUS) x Cosmic Debris (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
T: D R Mirfin J: C Lever 59
3g Verrazano (USA) x Black Friday (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS))
Rewarded Princess
T: Ms D Prest J: Ms K Bell-Pitomac 55.5
4m Reward For Effort (AUS) x Shanghai Princess (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
The Drover
T: Roy L McCabe J: Ms A Stanley 57
3g Bon Hoffa (AUS) x Purrpurrperam (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
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