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  High Wells 2017 Profile
    Home  >>  Racehorse Syndicates  >>  High Wells 2017

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High Wells possesses superb breeding, and being out of a highly successful mare, represents the a high quality racehorse which is rarely syndicated in small shares. He was sold at the Tattersalls Newmarket sales in October 2015 for 28,000 guineas and we are anticipating a very exciting 3YO season, after his 2YO season was beset with niggling setbacks, none of his own making.

His sire, High Chaparral, has sired a large number of top class performers, including horses like Toronado, So You Think, Western Hymn, Descarado and many, many others. This gelding was one of the last of his offspring, as his final year of standing was 2014.  Not only is he by a top class sire, High Wells has winning heritage on his mother's side.  She was a high quality handicapper who continued to improve the older she got, and was placed in Group company as a four-year-old.

You only need to look at this youngster to understand why he cost 28,000 guineas.  He is very well built, and stands impressively.  He is an easy walker and has no vices or conformation flaws.

His Mother, Valencha, was a winner in only her third race of her career, and went on to win five times and over £45,000 in career earnings.  We were drawn to this gelding because not only was the mare just off top class, she was also very robust, racing 8-12 times each of the three seasons she was in training.  This 3YO is her first offspring.

As well as a solid Coolmore pedigree, it was this yearlings physical presence which most impressed our buying team.  He already has some good muscle tone and definition and is well proportioned.  He walks well and is a scopey sort.

Seamus Durack commented "This gelding got no luck at all through 2016,  He was going well and looked like he would be racing in May or June, but then he caught a virus and then got a cough, which set him back over four months.  He came back to himself in Autumn, and if all goes well we may see him debut on the All-Weather in early 2017 before he goes onto the turf at the start of the summer season."

The gelding is having a break from November to December, and will then spend ten days over Christmas relaxing before being prepared to go racing in early 2017.  However, as with all young horses, this plan will alter as we learn about him and he starts his work on the gallops.

We will be reporting on progress for shareholders and as soon as we have the early indications of the likely raceplans, and will make shareholders aware.  Part of the thrill of owning a racehorse is the expectation of an opening run, and shareholders will have the chance to visit him at Seamus's yard before this horse goes to a racecourse on turf in the summer.

If everything goes to plan, and High Wells is far enough forward both mentally and physically, he will race through the entire summer.

- View High Wells's full pedigree


  Breeding Information

High Wells (3YO in 2017) Bay Gelding - April 2nd 2014
By High Chaperral out of Valencha (Domedriver)

This gelding is beautifully bred, being by the top drawer sire High Chaparral - who stood for an eye-watering 30,000 euros - and out of a Domedriver mare.  He comes from the line of Sadlers Wells and is one of the last of High Chaparral's progeny, as the stallion died in 2014.  High Chaparral was a Coolmore stallion and has sired over 50 individual Group or Stakes winners.  He won the Breeders Cup Turf twice, and the English Derby. He tends to produce decent 2YO's which can progress over a range of distances.

The colt is the first produce of a mare called Valencha, who was a winning at two over six furlongs and then developed into a high quality seven furlong horse at three and four, ending her racing career being placed in Group company and rated in the mid 90's.

Race Plans      

The race plans for this gelding will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2017.  On breeding he should start at seven furlongs, being bred to eventually stay a mile, and could potentially get further, up to a mile and a half, as he develops physically and mentally during the year.

The standard route of a horse of this type will be to start in Maiden races (races for horses who have yet to win a race) and her performance in these first couple of maidens will determine whether she goes into nursery handicaps and then full handicap company, or is good enough to tackle conditions races or even step into pattern races (high value, prestige races).

If, as we believe, he shows that he will be a six to eight furlong horse, then there are plenty of Maiden races available for him from April onwards.  We will assess his progress and if Seamus believes he has the right level of ability he may get entries for some of the more prestigious races in the racing calendar.  Similarly, he is qualified to run in several 3YO sales races and if he shows early promise, may well be entered for some of these high value races.  

Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of race planning as the season progresses.

Race Record        

High Wells has not raced yet.  He will start his career on the flat in 2017.

Value Guarantee        

We expect to get 3-6 runs and possibly more from this racehorse in his share period, however, you should expect periods of no racing as a result of recuperation from injury or training setbacks.   This share period starts April 1st 2017 and runs through the summer turf season, finishing on November 1st 2017.

During the season the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a racehorse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races. Young horses are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.   

For this gelding we offer the following guarantee:  If due to injury or retirement, his season is cut short and he will not race again, and he has not raced at least twice, we will replace him with a similar horse for the remainder of the 2017 turf season. Please note that we are unable to pay prizemoney on any replacements and the replacement will be a horse of our own choosing. 

As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee) or that runs will be evenly spaced throughout the share period.  This is the chance you take when owning any racehorse and participating in this ownership experience.  If you will be disappointed with only 2-3 runs from your racehorse during the season, then please DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS OR ANY OTHER RACEHORSE.  We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders - any participation in racehorse ownership is high risk, and we are unable to make any refunds because of share periods which finish early due to injury or retirement - as training and livery fees for the horse still remain whether they are racing or not.  This is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.

  Number of runs 0  
  Wins 0  
  Placed runs (1st 3) 0  
  Prizemoney to Date 0  
  Horse Age 2  
  Gender Gelding  
  Best Distance 5f  
  Trainer Seamus Durack  
  Based Lambourn, Berkshire.  
  Regular Jockey Adam Kirby  
  Data Correct At 2016-11-01  


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