Spanish History is an extremely impressive individual. Only a 3YO, he already stands 17 hands high and he has a huge amount of scope as a flat horse, but also as a potential jumper in time. Seamus Durack has proved himself as a very talented trainer of such horses, and is ideally placed to manage this exciting young animal - and already proved so in 2017. He was trained by Andre Fabre in France as a 2YO, being a homebred owned by Godolphin, however he was snapped up by Seamus in the Goffs January 2017 sales.
When he joined the yard Spanish History was a colt, but desperately need to be gelded - which is what Seamus did straight away. Since gelding this son of Street Cry in February, the 3YO has flourished and had his racecourse debut in the Uk in September - where he chased home an 81 rated horse called 'Casement' in finishing second.
He had run only once before that debut, finishing eight lengths behind the winner in a six furlong contest at Chantilly in France last Autumn. However, this race deserves some further investigation as the winner was a subsequently successful in a Listed race and the second placed horse (Precieuse) has gone on to win a Group 1 contest worth over GBP 250,000 in spring 2017. We believe six furlongs was well below the distance this gelding is going to be competitive over, and the fact that he was able to live with high class horses has only increased our interest in him.
His second run of 2017 saw him in a mile Maiden at Windsor - not exactly a galloping racecourse, but jockey Shane Kelly bounced this big gelding out and he made all, fending off a 76 rated challenger in the final furlong. There was a lot to like about the way he shrugged off his competitors that day, as he is still backward and inexperienced and Seamus noted afterwards that he will certainly get further and need a more galloping track.
He stated "This horse is still a big baby, but despite the course and perhaps even the distance not being perfect for him he managed to boss this race and win nicely. He's going to make up into a really nice four-year-old by the look of him."
You can not help but be taken with this gelding. Photos of him do not really do him justice. It\'s when you are stood beside him that his size, strength and presence can be fully appreciated.
Prospective shareholders should be a part of a horse who will develop further and hopefully improve again through his 4YO season. He was bought with an 18 month plan in mind for him which would see him racing 2-3 times as a 3YO and then stepping up into better grades as a 4YO - we also have a back-up plan to send him Novice Hurdling, but that will depend on how his flat season goes. If he shows real top class ability he will be kept to the flat and we will target some races in 2018 with him.
This is a great opportunity for small-share owners to be involved in a very promising young horse at a value-for-money rate. Spanish History will have the worst of the winter months off and return to the track at the start of the turf season in April.
We are very hopeful that we have a horse which could have the potential to run in some high prestige races by the end of the 2018 season. Obviously, there can be no guarantees on his true ability - however shareholders will join with us in dreaming of how high this gelding can reach as we wait for him to return to the track after the winter!