An unbeaten Gr.1-winning Champion 2yo in France, Wootton Bassett has the makings of a Champion stallion. Despite having stood his first five seasons at fees between €4,000 and €6,000, and having only 220 foals aged 3 or over in 2020, he has sired a string of classic performers. In addition to Champion Almanzor (won 2016 Prix du Jockey-Club), he has the Classic placed horses Patascoy, The Summit, Speak Of The Devil and Mageva. The chances are that his 2018 crop, sired at €20,000, will maintain his classic impact as it has already produced the promising 2YOs Chindit, Midlife Crisis, Early Light, Akmaam, Al Hawra and Incarville.
Wootton Bassett works with a wide variety of mares highlighted by the fact that his first 16 Group/Stakes winners have 16 different broodmare sires. Delving into their pedigrees however reveals some very interesting inbreeding, linebreeding and crosses.
Wootton Bassett has quite a few SWs with two lines of DANZIG, his Gr.1-winning daughter Audarya has a second dam by ANABAA. OASIS DREAM sired the dam of 2yo Gr.2 winner Chindit. Any mare with CAPE CROSS in her pedigree will also result in inbreeding to the champion 2yo Park Appeal and this has already produced Gr.3 winner The Black Album. Wootton Bassett has 4 winners from 4 runners out of daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT.
Mares by Oasis Dream’s son SHOWCASING produce 3x4 to the brilliant ZAFONIC. Wootton Bassett already has Gr.3 winner The Black Album inbred 3x3 to Zafonic. This direction is definitely one to follow especially when one considers that Wooded and Chindit are inbred 4x4 to Zafonic’s sire GONE WEST.
Wootton Bassett’s sire Iffraaj has Group winners from daughters of DANEHILL, DANSILI, DUKE OF MARMALADE and DANZERO. Wootton Bassett has made a bright start with DANSILI mares, siring three black-type performers among his first four starters. This suggests he will work well with daughters of ZOFFANY and BATED BREATH and mares by other sons of DANEHILL.
WAR FRONT mares should complement Wootton Bassett’s 2yo ability as well as doubling up on DANZIG which has already resulted in Gr.1 winner Audarya and top 2yo Chindit. Gr.3 winner The Black Album is out of a mare inbred 4x4 to DANZIG, through DANEHILL and GREEN DESERT.
There are numerous examples of his smart winners having SADLER’S WELLS in the bottom half of their pedigrees, including Gr.2 winner Tamahere, Gr.1-placed colts Wootton and Patascoy and Gr.2-placed Do Re Mi Fa Sol. GALILEO is already broodmare sire of promising 2yos Akmaam and Al Hawra and sired the grandam of Gr.2-winning juvenile Chindit. Wootton Bassett could be ideal for daughters of MONTJEU (sired the grandam of Tamahere) and HIGH CHAPARRAL. FAIRY KING, a full-brother to SADLER’S WELLS, appears in the pedigrees of Waltham and Ernesto de la Cruz through SECOND EMPIRE.
Mares by ELUSIVE CITY, a Gr.1-winning son of ELUSIVE QUALITY, have done well with Wootton Bassett, producing Wooded, Mageva and Beat Le Bon. QUALITY ROAD and RAVEN’S PASS, other sons of Elusive Quality are therefore well worth trying.
Other MR PROSPECTOR line stallions to suit Wootton Bassett include DUBAWI, who sired Group winners from mares by both Zamindar and Zafonic. Wootton Bassett has Amilcar out of a mare by KING’S BEST and Guildsman from a mare by MACHIAVELLIAN’s son STREET CRY. KINGMAMBO mares produce 4x4 to NUREYEV. Wootton Bassett’s good winners with two lines of Nureyev include Amilcar, Wootton’s Colt, Mamba Noire and promising 2yo Early Light.
Two of Wootton Bassett’s Gr.1 performers have BERING in their 3rd generation, Wootton being by his son AMERICAN POST and Speak Of The Devil having a second dam by Bering.
Wootton Bassett’s two foals out of ROYAL APPLAUSE mares include Gr.2 placed 2yo Mamba Noire. This puts ACCLAMATION, DARK ANGEL and EQUIANO mares into the picture.
Iffraaj sired the Gr.1 winners Rizeena and Jungle Cat from grand-daughters of STORM CAT. Wootton Bassett already has a Gr.2 winner out of a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare.
SHARPEN UP appears in the dam lines of many of his better runners, Almanzor and Guildsman have a grandam by HALLING, The Summit has a grandam by SHARPO, while SELKIRK sired the grandam of Wootton’s Colt.