Wootton Bassett: a son of record-breaking sire IffraajPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Wootton Bassett to stand at Haras d'Etreham
LAST year's unbeaten juvenile Group 1 winner Wootton Bassett will begin his stallion career at the Haras d'Etreham in Normandy next year, as reported first in Thursday's Racing Post newspaper.
Wootton Bassett was trained by Richard Fahey to win his first two starts, then two valuable sales races at York and at Doncaster.
He signed off at two with an impressive two-and-a-half-length victory over subsequent Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Tin Horse in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.
Handicappers rated him the third best juvenile in Europe, behind the outstanding talents Frankel and Dream Ahead.
At three this year, Wootton Bassett has failed to get his head in front but achieved creditable fifth placings in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Fahey said: "The good-looking Wootton Bassett was an extremely talented two-year-old with great speed and class.
"Being unbeaten in five starts in only three months, he was a very though horse. He had a fantastic temperament and was a pleasure to train.
"I am very happy that he will be standing in France, where he was champion two-year-old. He will have every chance there and I am looking forward to training his progeny."
Nicolas de Chambure of Etreham added: "We are delighted to stand Woootton Bassett at Etreham. He was a champion at two, he is a really nice horse with great presence and he has a great walk.
"We are looking forward to show him to the breeders. He will be syndicated via a new structure and his fee will be announced in the next fews days. "
Bobby O'Ryan, who bought Wootton Bassett as a yearling, said: "He is a gorgeous horse. He has a great head, is very correct and an exceptional Walker. A lovely specimen. "
Wootton Bassett was one of his sire Iffraaj's record-breaking 38 first-crop two-year-old winners. He is out of the winning Primo Dominie mare Balladonia,making him a half-brother to Listed-placed Mister Hardy and to the dam of dual Listed scorer Katla.
The deal to stand Wootton Bassett at Etreham was brokered by Ed Sackville ofSackville Donald.