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Wootton Bassett - York 19.08.10

Wootton Bassett (left): a Kyllachy half-sister to the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes winner will be offered next week at Doncaster

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Timely boost for Wootton Bassett sibling

WOOTTON Bassett's impressive victory in Thursday's DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York gave the winning breeder, Colin and Melba Bryce's Laundry Cottage Stud Farm, particular cause for celebration since the operation will offer a half-sister to the colt at Doncaster next week.

Consigned as lot 182 through Furnace Mill Stud, the filly is a daughter of Kyllachy and therefore a sister to the Listed-placed Mister Hardy, who won the 2007 Brocklesby Stakes for Wootton Bassett's trainer, Richard Fahey.

Their dam, the Listed-placed Balladonia, was purchased by the Bryces for 27,000gns through the CBA at the 2003 Tattersalls December Sale and is one of 20 mares, some of whom have just returned from Kentucky, owned by the Hitchin-based stud.

"Four of Balladonia's five runners have won," says Melbra Bryce of the daughter of Primo Dominie, "and several have won first time out. They are all very laid back, chilled individuals. Wootton Bassett was the same and always a good-looking, good-sized colt."

Bobby O'Ryan secured Wootton Bassett for £46,000 out of Jamie Railton's consignment at the DBS St Leger Sale last year. His price surpassed Iffraaj's first crop average of 30,544gns, a figure which is likely to rise this season following the stallion's success - Wootton Bassett's winning pot of £147,720 means that Iffraaj not only heads the leading first season sires' list by number of winners but also by prize-money.

"We always liked Iffraaj and thought he would suit the mare," says Melba. "Colin picks out the stallions and I do the work on the stud. We've prepped a few in the past and starting now to prep more for ourselves.

"It's a slow process because we're a small operation."

Of the Kyllachy filly, she adds: "It's nice to have a filly out of Balladonia - she's her first from five foals - and she's a nice sort."

 

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