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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!




  Breeding Information

3-Y-O (3YO in 2017) - Black/Bay Gelding by Street Cry out of Infanta (Cape Cross)

Spanish History is a second foal and a brother to Belgian 10f winner Fair Of Face. His dam was placed 7f at two, and ended her career rated in the 70's.  He was a half-sister to the French 1m1f Group 3 winner Utrecht out of Listed-placed 1m winning half-sister to Bosra Sham and Hector Protector.  Street Cry is one of the top international sires with a standing fee of $100,000.  This gelding is bred to be top class.

- View a full three-generation pedigree

Race Plans      

The race plans for Spanish History are quite well developed, mainly due to the fact that he has so much stamina.

This horse will need a distance of a mile, and more likely, ten furlongs as a minimum during his 4YO season.   He will be keeping to the flat initially but Seamus has already indicated that he could prove to be dual purpose if he isn't 90+ rated on the flat. However, on a current rating of 77, he would only need to win a handicap in his first couple of runs to be getting into very decent sorts of races - and potentially valuable. 

Seamus has also floated the possibility that Spanish History may go onto the All-Weather before he hits the turf in April, but he will be rested through January/February.  If he starts his season before April, we will open his share period early for shareholders.  

If the gelding proves to be a quality flat performer we hope to target some of the better handicaps, and possibly even heritage handicaps, with him in the summer.

Race Record        

Spanish History ran once as a two-year-old in France when he was with Andre Fabre. Being with Godolphin at that stage, the youngster was placed in a 2YO 6f race and was beaten eight lengths.  However, this race has seen the winner and second contest and be successful in both Group 3 and Listed races.  Six furlongs was far too short for this horse, and so his first run for ourselves in the UK was over a mile.

He finished second on debut in the UK, under a tender ride.  However, that was impressive in itself, as he chased home Casement, an 82 rated handicapper.  he then went to Windsor a few weeks later and won a Mile maiden in testing conditions, achieving a rating of 77 from the official handicapper.

16Oct17   Wdr C5Md 3K    1m   Gd  1/9 by nk Paradise Lake 4/1 S W Kelly
25Aug17   Ffo C5Md 3K    1m   GS  2/10 btn 2½L Casement 9/1 T J Murphy
12Oct16    Chantilly C52yMd 3K  6f   Gd   6/8 btn 8 1/4L  13/5  M Barzelona


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 on April 1st 2018 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2018.

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.  Horses racing over middle distances can also need more time between races in order to fully recover.  

For this 4YO 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 share period. 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 very 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 3  
  Wins 1  
  Placed runs (1st 3) 1  
  Prizemoney to Date 3874  
  Horse Age 3  
  Gender Gelding  
  Best Distance 12f  
  Trainer Seamus Durack  
  Based Lambourn, Berkshire.  
  Regular Jockey Fergus Sweeney  
  Data Correct At 2017-10-25  


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