By the Group 1 winner and Group 1 sire WOOTTON BASSETT (view his sire's biography here: http://www.etreham.com/eng/fiche-etalon-haras.php?nom=wootton-bassett), out of a mare by the Group 1 winner and Group 1 sire Marju, our 2yo colt is a half brother no less, to the Group 2 winner AL WATHNA. This Bansha House breeze up graduate could well be destined for the very top. Bred to be a middle distance horse next year and breezing over a clearly inadequate 2 furlongs, he demonstrated a fabulous stride and attitude in his work on the Rowley Mile course. He stood out, to us, as a fabulous prospect given the way he moved. You can see his breeze video on this page.
We were actually the underbidders on the horse as a yearling in France, so we remember him well; we loved him then and love him no less now. We're very fortunate that Con Marnane (the proprietor of Bansha House Stables) presented him in fantastic shape at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale and we couldn't fail but be taken with him again. We were very lucky to secure him this time around. Bansha House have a record second to none in breeze up consigning, they've sold no less than Brando, Prince Of Lir, Sands Of Mali, Different League, Rio De La Plata, Palace Episode, Amadeus Wolf and Fleeting Spirit, to name but a few. There is every reason to believe that this high class colt, with a Group 1 winner's pedigree could emulate many of the Bansha House graduates in winning races this year and beyond, just possibly at the very highest level.
We purchased him in conjunction with ace agent Jamie Lloyd and Marco Botti, they've done us very proud with our 2017 Breeze Up winning graduate Dark Acclaim who, has been placed in black type company on three occasions and ran a super race in the €704,000 Derby Italiano in Rome, placing 4th. He now has an entry at Arlington Park, which has his owners very excited!
We've bought this colt in the hope that he can mix it with other regally bred horses in GB and Europe for Group prizes and fabulous prize money.
Pedigree update: Nancy Sexton of Racing Post Bloodstock quotes "The Prix du Jockey Club also served to further underline the talents of Wootton Bassett, sire of 2016 winner Almanzor in a 1st crop of 17, and today’s runner-up Patascoy out of a 3rd crop of 43 - that crop also contains Wootton."