Wisdom Of Water knuckles down for Neasham

Wisdom Of Water booked a trip back to his old stomping ground next month with a ground-saving victory in the $100,000 Magic Millions Wyong 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m) on Wednesday.

Trainer Annabel Neasham has several options for the talented son of Headwater at the Magic Millions Carnival following a return to the form that saw him win the Ken Russell Classic (Gr.3, 1200m) at the Gold Coast in May 2020.

Warwick Farm-based Neasham is his third trainer in three different States since then following Toby & Trent Edmonds (Gold Coast) and Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr (Caulfield).  “He’s been knocking on the door and knuckled down for the fight today,” she said.  “It got a bit tight for Rachel (King) but then it opened up and things worked out perfectly.

“He races well at the Gold Coast and we have choices up there with him being a Magic Millions horse.  He’s raced by the Fung family and is one their favourite horses.”

The $10.25 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday will be held on January 15.

Wisdom Of Water has now earned $494,950 after graduating from the Eureka Stud draft for $70,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.  He’s the first of three Headwater foals for Regal Tier (Royal Academy) who is a half-sister to Brisbane Stakes winner Tierqualo.

Her 2yo colt Water Bomber ran fourth on debut in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate (Gr.3, 1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and she has another colt by the Vinery sire on the ground at Eureka.

Hawkesbury-based 2yo colt Ever Upward gave notice he can open Headwater’s juvenile account in Sydney with an impressive trial win at his home track on Monday.  The Kevin May-trained youngster clocked the quickest 800m trial time (46.27s) of the morning.

Ever Upward was a $40,000 graduate from Vinery (as agent) at the 2021 Inglis Classic Sale.  He’s the first foal from Montana Diamond (New Approach) who won a Hawkesbury maiden on debut for Team Hawkes.

Headwater 4yo We Are Hero is also primed to make his Hong Kong debut for trainer Manfred Man after winning an 800m Sha Tin trial in 46.35s on Tuesday.  He was always in touch for Matthew Chadwick and ran on nicely to score by a head from stablemate E Star (Ferlax).

We Are Hero was originally trained by Jason Warren in Australia for wins at Mornington and Pakenham under the name Eau Chaude.  His dam Kinsella (Shamardal) is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winning mare Ike’s Dream (STC Queen Of The Turf Stakes).