Sire: Headwater

Colour: Bay

Dam: Green Mirage

Sex: Filly

Age: 2

Foaled: Aug 15, 2019

Country: Australia

Trainer: Michael Costa

Location:Gold Coast QLD



Cracking Headwater filly is certainly well put together, very muscular and all in proportion. Such a great type, nicely balanced and easy on the eye. Very intelligent and has a great temperament for such a young horse.

A filly with quality, presence and is a great mover. Big strong filly while having very good length and athleticism. Well boned and above all an early running type. There is a lot to like.

Cracking Headwater filly has been broken in.


HEADWATER by champion sire Exceed And Excel, 3 wins 2 at 2. He had early 2yo speed, winning on debut in December of his juvenile year before going on to win the Group 2 Silver Slipper as a 2yo.

He was one of only a few to go on as a 3yo and defeat older horses at Stakes level including subsequent Group 1 winner, The Quarterback, when victorious in the Kensington Stakes, a sprint down the Flemington straight.

He is an impeccable type, retired sound, and fetched half a million dollars as a yearling. Headwater has also 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.

The talk from trainers around the track is very positive about Headwater. This has filtered through to the sale ring. where his first 2yo’s offered at the Magic Millions 2yo’s in Training Sale sold up to $200,000 and helped him achieve a Top 5 ranking by both aggregate and average.

There’s no doubt that this exciting young son of an Australian Champion Sire has a big future.

Headwater by champion sire Exceed And Excel 3 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$460,800, ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2, VRC Kensington S., L, MRC Cactus Imaging 2YO P., 3d ATC Todman S., Gr.2, 4th MVRC AJ Moir S., Gr.1. He entered stud in Australia in 2016. Sire of 12 progeny to race, 3 winners (25.0%), earnings of over $290,000, inc. His oldest progeny is a 2yo and he has already sired 3 winners including Wisdom of Water, winner at 2 in 2019-20, A$176,000, GCTC Aquis Gold Nugget 2YO H., 4th GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic, RL.


Green Mirage is by Green Desert. Green Mirage has had 10 foals to race for 6 winners including 3rd placed Blue Sapphire Group 3 gelding, LONE EAGLE. GREEN DESERT is related to Stakes horses LOVING CLAIM, VILLE D’AMORE, CITY ON A HILL and TAKEN AT THE FLOOD.

The Trainer: TONY GOLLAN

Meet Michael and you will instantly see his profound admiration of the horse and his unmeasurable passion for the Thoroughbred industry.

He is a Michael Costa Racing of trainer, being diversely skilled in thoroughbred physiology and performance. He is a fresh ambassador for thoroughbred racing, thoroughbred rehabilitation and welfare. He has an expectation for perfection and is renowned within the industry for his natural horsemanship and his ability to listen to his horses.

Michael’s training journey began as he established himself as a leading track work rider, sharing in Group 1 success with some of Australia’s finest Racehorses. As he rode for leading Sydney trainers at Royal Randwick,  he understood that he needed a distinctive edge in a highly competitive industry.

Michael commenced studies in equine science, acupuncture and massage. His ability to ride and experience the horse’s locomotion combined with his knowledge of the equine gave Michael one of the edges he had been seeking. Having the ability to read the horse, Michael created specific treatments achieving remarkable results with repeated form reversals and winning consistency.

Racing NSW became aware of Michael’s determination and offered him a position as a Metropolitan Stipendiary Steward. Michael took the opportunity to further his knowledge of the official side of the Racing Industry that very few are privy to. He was quickly appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the Northern Rivers Racing association before returning to Sydney to join the Metropolitan panel as a Senior Steward.

After four years of Stewardship, Michael’s desire to be in contact with the equine was too strong and saw him return back to his element, partnering Kevin Moses as his stable foreman. They swiftly made a strong impact in the Sydney training ranks, achieving some of the stable’s highest strike rates and a long list of elusive wins. Michael gathered momentum and with extreme support from key industry owners, new participants and interested onlookers, he acquired his own Metropolitan trainers license in August 2010.

With an extensive list of qualifications, Michael has learnt from some of the world’s best trainers and combined that experience with leading edge sport science to now claim a style of his own.

NOMINATIONS AND BONUS SCHEMES  – Eligible for BOBS Bonus Scheme, 3.5 million Golden Slipper, $1 million Golden Rose and $1.5 million Blue Diamond.

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Foaled 15th August 2019

SireExceed and ExcelDanehillDanzig
HEADWATER (AUS) PatronaLomond
2012River DoveHurricane SkyStar Watch
  Ride the RapidsRiver Rough
DamGreen DesertDanzigNorthern Dancer
GREEN MIRAGE (AUS) Foreign CourierSir Ivor
2004First CelebrationCadeaux GenereuxYoung Generation
  Loving ClaimHansel

HEADWATER (AUS) (Bay 2012-Stud 2016). 3 wins-2 at 2-to 1100m, ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2. Brother to SP Fare Well. Sire of 86 rnrs, 35 wnrs, inc. SW Wisdom of Water (GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic, Gr.3), SP Aquagirl, Heavenly Waters, Jamaea, Be Water My Friend and of You'll be Mist, Goldsborough, Hydro Star, Mileva, Dovetail Diva, Gunnamatta, River Twain, Free State, Hot Water, Leeside, Stormborn, Water Dove, Arctic Thunder, Ashra Jahre, etc. His oldest progeny are 3YOs.


1st dam

GREEN MIRAGE, by Green Desert. Winner at 1200m in Aust. This is her tenth foal. Her ninth foal is a 2YO. Dam of eight foals to race, six winners, inc:-

Lone Eagle (g. by Zoffany). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, A$108,900, HK$1,369,450, to 2019-20, MRC Schweppes 2YO H., HKJC Kai Yip H., 2d MRC Clanbrooke Racing 2YO H., 3d MRC Blue Sapphire S., Gr.3, HKJC Shek Tong Tsui H., Grand Seiko Excellent H., Pearce Memorial Challenge H.

So Miraggio - Perfect Choice (H.K.) (g. by Snippetson). 3 wins at 1000m, BRC Hamilton Hotel H., 3d HKJC Kam Shan H.

Shark Mirage (g. by Sharkbite). 8 wins to 1400m, A$118,905, 3d SAJC Darley H.

Persistent Shadow (f. by Zoffany). 6 wins-1 at 2-from 1050m to 1900m, A$83,250, to 2019-20, 2d Qld Tatt's RC Global Transport Insurance 2YO H.

Duan Major (g. by Dreamscape). 7 wins to 1300m in Aust.

She's a Mirage (f. by Jet Spur). Winner at 1000m in Aust.

Ronny Rock Art (g. by Wandjina). Placed at 2 & 3 to 2020-21 in Aust.


2nd dam

FIRST CELEBRATION, by Cadeaux Genereux. Winner at 1¼m in GB. Half-sister to Mizzle (dam of SOFT SAND). Dam of 7 foals, 5 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

Zafaaf. 4 wins at 2000m, 2200m, A$76,085, 2d STC William Roberts Lawyers H., 3d STC McGrath Foundation Lunch H., Rosehill Event Centre H. Dam of-

Accountant. 2 wins at 1050m, 1200m in Aust.

Hong Kong Phooey. 2 wins at 1100m, 1250m in Aust.

Pecourt. Winner at 1600m in South Africa.

Green Mirage. Winner. See above.

Ano Nuevo. Placed at 3 in Aust.


3rd dam

LOVING CLAIM, by Hansel. Champion 2YO Filly in France in 1997. 2 wins at 2, £3,625, 1,050,000fr., Longchamp Prix Marcel Boussac, Gr.1, Prix de la Cascade, 2d Longchamp Prix Saint-Alary, Gr.1. Half-sister to CITY ON A HILL, Aslaaf. Dam of 11 foals, 8 to race, 2 winners, inc:-

Lovely Dovey. 2 wins at 2000m, 2100m in Argentina.

Mizzle. Placed at 2 & 3 in GB. Dam of-

SOFT SAND (Dansili). 4 wins-1 at 2-to 1200m, A$306,875, MRC Kevin Hayes S., L, ALH Group P., Ladies in Racing Magazine H., 2d VRC Myer Classic, Gr.1, MRC Angus Armanasco S., Gr.2, 3d MRC City of Glen Eira H., 4th MRC How Now S., Gr.3.

Italian Storm. 3 wins at 900m, 1200m, Ipswich TC Schweppes P., 2d Ipswich TC XXXX Gold H., XXXX Gold P.

Note d'Amour. Unraced. Dam of-

Billet Doux. 5 wins from 1400m to 2000m, A$219,150, to 2020-21, Darwin TC Northern Territory Derby, SAJC Hughes Chauffeured Limos P., 2d SAJC Casino Royale P., Quayclean H., 3d MRC Noel Rundle H., SAJC Holdfast Insurance H., 4th SAJC Oaklands P., L.

Mitford Girl. 5 wins from 900m to 1600m, A$84,165, SAJC Thomas Farms H., 2d Oakbank RC Just Over Just Don't Drive H., 3d ATC McGrath Estate Cronulla H.

Nordic Lover. 2 wins at 1250m, 1500m, A$76,475, to 2019-20, ATC Canterbury League Club H., 2d ATC TAB H., 3d ATC Redeye Constructions H.


4th dam

VILLE D'AMORE, by Irish River. 3 wins at 1400m, 1600m, Longchamp Prix de Liancourt, L, Prix des Tuileries, L, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Timandra, 4th Laurel All Along S., Gr.2, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Messidor, Gr.3. Half-sister to Golden Hanoof (dam of TAKEN AT THE FLOOD). Dam of 11 foals, 7 to race, all winners, inc:-

LOVING CLAIM (Hansel). 2 wins. See above.

CITY ON A HILL (Rahy). 3 wins at 2, Newmarket July S., Gr.3, Chantilly Prix La Fleche, L, Prix de Mont l'Eveque. Sire.

Aslaaf (Quiet American). 5 wins from 1600m to 1900m, US$184,327, 134,500Dhs in U.S.A. and U.A.E, Nad al Sheba Dubai Racing Club H., Park Avenue H., Keeneland Allowance, Saratoga Allowance, 2d Hawthorne Robert F Carey Memorial H., Gr.3, 3d Nad al Sheba Al Bastikiya S.

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