Name: Spanish Peaks
Dam: In the Mood
Trainer: Brooke Somers
Foal Date: 07/10/2016
Thompson Thoroughbreds Australia are thrilled to offer shares in Spanish Peaks, a four-year-old that’s now in pre-training for a Christmas / New Year campaign. The gelding was bought out of the Inglis Early July Online Sale when offered as lot 539. A good size Spanish Peaks is by Zacinto (by Dansili) and that horse was trained by Sir Michael Stoute out of his Newmarket Stables in England, for Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah.
Zacinto won three races breaking his maiden as a juvenile campaign, training on to win the 2009 Group 2 Celebration Mile, defeating Ordnance Row on protest, and the Listed Blue Square Premier (registered as: Thoroughbred Stakes) both races were held at Goodwood. Following those victories Zacinto was sent to Ascot to contest the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, ridden by Ryan Moore, the combination finished in second a length-and-a-quarter behind Rip Van Winkle collecting a valuable placing at the elite level for Juddmonte Farms principal.
Retiring for covering duties with £205,980 in earnings Zacinto shuttled to New Zealand and turned 15 on August 1st, as of early September the horse has covered more than 600 mares with five southern hemisphere crops of foals racing among them are five stakes winners including New Zealand’s leading male of the 2015/16 season and top of the three-year-old Free Handicap Ugo Foscolo winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Guineas (1600 m.) at Canterbury. Other stakes winners include the Canterbury Jockey Club Champagne Stakes victors in Secret Allure in 2018 and Zigwig in 2016. In Australia, Odeon winner of the 2019 Melbourne Racing Club Lord Stakes and the 2018 Victoria Racing Club Anzac Day Stakes winner Vassilator. In addition to the stakes placed Karalino, Miss Mandito, Monrecour, Brilliant Venture, Son of Zac and Charlie Horse, as of September 9th, 2020.
Not enough? Spanish Peaks is out of the proven producer In The Mood (by Hawk Wing) all the mares foals have raced, four are winners including the 2017 Group 2 Auckland Racing Club Royal Stakes in She Brings Joy (by Sebring) along with Spanish Peaks full-brother the Hong Kong based Aerohappiness a winner of four races and the recently retired half-brother Gayson (by Savabeel).
Spanish Peaks was offered for sale as a yearling in 2018 when knocked down to Paul Moroney Bloodstock and they gave NZ$230,000 for the youngster from Book One of the New Zealand Bloodstock Sale. The gelding has won a maiden plate over 1335 m. at Geelong.
If Spanish Peaks does earn any prizemoney while the shares are on sale that prizemoney will be held in a separate account by Dave Thompson from Thompson Thoroughbreds Australia in-turn he will supply all investors with a profit / loss statement once the horse racing syndicate has been formed.
Australian born and bred, Brooke Somers is the daughter of a dressage rider Patricia Penny and has been around horses all her life. After making her mark on the show jumping circuit as a junior taking out the Australian championship title, Brooke’s passion to learn took her overseas to work with the best in the world.
Returning to Australia Brooke decided she wanted to become a racehorse trainer, ensuring she learnt from a variety of stables and top trainers to further develop the skills required to produce the best from every racehorse. Brooke’s training included working with Gai Waterhouse, Bart Cummings, Graeme Rogerson, Robert Heathcote and Joe Pride.
Armed with this knowledge, Brooke’s dream to be a racehorse trainer became a reality, when receiving a trainer’s licence in New South Wales in 2016, success happened easily when Brooke saddled up her tenth runner I Am Captain to win a Benchmark 60 Hcp over 1100 m. at Wyong earning connections $16,800. Less than six-weeks later Brooke saddled up her first metropolitan winner when I Am Magnificent lived up to his name to win a Benchmark 72 Handicap over 1200 m. at Warwick Farm on November 23rd netting connections $22,000 in prizemoney.
Brooke’s strategy to work with many trainers, each having their own techniques, provided her with a solid set of skills to create a tailored approach for each thoroughbred in the stable so owners ensure they reach their full potential. Brooke has ensured a strong ethical stance on sustainability and uses her diverse learnings to help her rise through the training ranks in the coming years with Gerry Harvey and Bob Thomsen showing their confidence in Brooke’s ability sending thoroughbreds to her to train on their behalf.
Brooke is looking to build on her 2019/20 record when she saddled up five winners and 14-placegetters with earnings of more than $153,000 this season from her boutique operation as she looks forward to providing owners with the excitement of owning a winner when racing a magnificent thoroughbred.