Hong Kong watch on Keep Reading

Headwater 3yo Keep Reading kick-started a very successful afternoon for Vinery Stud and the Jolly family at Morphettville on Saturday.

Trained by Richard & Chantelle Jolly, he made short work of three rivals in the Dominant Hcp (1200m).  Hours later, Adelaide star Behemoth won the Spring Stakes (Gr.3, 1200m) on protest for Vinery champion All Too Hard.

Keep Reading had blitzed a Morphettville 2yo maiden last month and started a short-priced $1.70 favourite to double up under Jake Toeroek.  “Although it was only a small field, we were impressed with how easy it looked,” Richard Jolly said.  “He’s a promising young horse with a professional attitude and natural ability.

“We’re looking forward to see what this guy can bring so watch this space!”

Keep Reading is sure to be on the watch-list for clients of Hong Kong-based agent David Price.  He will eventually transfer off-shore and any black-type this season will see his value soar for the Asian market.

Price Bloodstock Management has sourced hundreds of winners since the turn of the century headed by Hong Kong legend Silent Witness (El Moxie) who was voted World’s Champion Sprinter from 2003 to 2005.

Keep Reading was bred and sold by Vinery for $26,000 as a foal at the 2019 Magic Millions National Sale.  His dam Madame Bookworm (Publishing) is a winning half-sister to Mystic Master (Singapore Juvenile Championship LR) and there’s another international link in the family through Hong Kong stakes performer Anabatik (Anabaa).

Madame Bookworm’s 2yo is a Star Turn gelding with Peter Moody named Star Club.

Headwater was Champion Australian second-season sire in 2020-21 and has started the current term with five individual winners in the first fortnight of August.  Arctic Thunder (Randwick) was first cab off the rank and she was followed by Contessa (Eagle Farm), Ashra Jahre (Tamworth), Keep Reading and Free State who saluted in the last race at Goulburn on Saturday.

Free State defeated Iolanthe (Vancouver) and Role Play (Headwater) for owner-breeder Frank Meduri and a syndicate that includes trainer Brad Widdup and David Price’s wife Jenny Chapman.

Headwater (Exceed And Excel) stands for a $16,500 service fee (inc GST) at Vinery with payment on a live foal.  For bookings or further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).