Magic Win for Headwater Stallion Wisdom of Water

Media Release - Saturday January 15

Girl power was to the fore at the close of Saturday’s Magic Millions card at the Gold Coast as star trainer Annabel Neasham and Group 1 jockey Rachel King combined to win the $1 million Racing Queensland Magic Millions QTIS (1300m) with Headwater entire  Wisdom of Water.

Wisdom of Water wins $1million MM Racing Queensland - image Grant Courtney
The quirky, albeit talented Headwater entire overcame a wide draw courtesy of a brilliant steer from King, who found a gap passing the 200m post.

The four-year-old sprinted away for a dominant win over on-pacer Boomnova, with Chapter and Verse finishing powerfully into third.

The success gave Wisdom of Water back-to-back wins for the second time in his career following his victory in last month’s Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Classic at Wyong.


After a busy week of buying at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Neasham said she was delighted to hit the board on the racetrack.

“It’s so satisfying,” Neasham said.

“It’s just a dream to win a race on this amazing race card.

“It was an amazing ride by Rachel, she just seems to get a real tune out of him and she put him in a lovely spot from an awkward draw.

“She was patient and he won pretty soft on the line.

“We’ve just tried to keep him happy and a big credit James Harding who has got a place at Newcastle on the beach.

“He spent two weeks at the beach before he came here and James said for the first four or five days he was eyes on stalks and then he really settled into it and loved it.

“I’ve noticed a real change in his demeanor, he seems a really happy horse.

“It’s a great result for the Fung family, they are great supporters of the game and particularly this racecourse.”

King became the sixth female jockey to win a feature Magic Millions race at the Gold Coast, following in the footsteps of Michelle Payne, Clare Lindop and Stephanie Thornton.

Originally a $70,000 purchase by Blandford Bloodstock out of the Eureka Stud draft at the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Wisdom of Water was later acquired by Aquis after showing talent as a two-year-old.

Saturday’s victory was the fifth of his 20-start career and took his earnings beyond $1 million.

Neasham has been involved in a series of high-priced yearling purchases in recent days, including $1.1 million for a Snitzel colt (Lot 567) from Segenhoe Stud, $650,000 for a Not A Single Doubt colt (Lot 198) from Arrowfield Stud and $600,000 for a Russian Revolution filly (Lot 325) from Kingstar Farm.

Race Result - $1m Racing Qld Magic Millions 1300m

Gold Coast Track: Good(3) Time: 1:15.22
Wisdom Of Water
T: Annabel Neasham J: Rachel King 55
4h Headwater (AUS) x Regal Tier (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Blandford Bloodstock
T: Chris Munce J: Boris Thornton 54
4m Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Silva Nova (AUS) (Canadian Silver (CAN))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Munce Racing
Chapter And Verse
T: Desleigh Forster J: J Byrne 55.5
7g Rothesay (AUS) x McFly (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Raheen Stud Darling Downs Qld
B: Desleigh Forster
Miami Fleiss
T: T J Gollan J: Ms S Thornton 54
4m Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Madame Fly (AUS) (Excites (AUS))
T: S J Morrisey J: Brock Ryan 54
4g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Ossie's Secret (AUS) (Red Dazzler (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $110,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: John Morrisey
The Odyssey
T: K M Schweida J: B N Stewart 58
5h Better Than Ready (AUS) x Jessica's Hope (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $30,000
V:Millbrook Biddeston Qld
B: Kelly Schweida Racing
Boomtown Lass
T: Chris Anderson J: Craig Williams 54
6m Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Boomalicious (AUS) (Red Dazzler (AUS))
Stylish Saga
T: Chris Anderson J: Ben Thompson 54
6g Real Saga (AUS) x Nina Mary (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld
B: Chris Anderson Racing
Colpo Di Tamburo
T: L J Roche J: Wendy Peel 54
7g Drumbeats (AUS) x Anigma (GB) (Machiavellian (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $10,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Leo Roche
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld
B: Edmonds Racing P/L
Ef Troop
T: T J Gollan J: Tim Clark 54
6g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Limealicious (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $70,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock
Dr Why Not
T: L J Gough J: Michael Murphy 54
5g Love Conquers All (AUS) x Over The Page (AUS) (Danachenka (AUS))
Mishani Fraudster
T: L G Ross J: Taylor Marshall 54
4g Jet Spur (AUS) x Mishani Sinner (AUS) (Falvelon (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale Book 2 $10,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds Beaudesert Qld
B: Hustler Thoroughbreds
T: R L Heathcote J: B Prebble 54.5
5g Love Conquers All (AUS) x Stutter (AUS) (Night Shift (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $65,000
V:Tarcoola Stud Tuerong Vic
B: First Light Rcg/Rob Heathcote/Paul Willetts
MM National Weanling Sale $42,500
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: David Noonan
She Za Boss
T: A J & T Edmonds J: R Fradd 54
6m Rothesay (AUS) x Missus Boss (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Alexia Fraser Bloodstock Warwick Qld
B: LB Racing
T: J G Symons & S Laxon J: C Newitt 54
4g Bel Esprit (AUS) x Scottish Tiara (AUS) (Beautiful Crown (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $40,000
V:W Page Daisy Hill Qld
B: Michael Kirby
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