First Australian Winner for Wootton Bassett
Wootton Bassett is headed to Australia for the first time this spring and the proven Group I sire proved his stripes here on Sunday siring his first Australian trained winner with a brilliant debut victory for Rapid Achiever (4m Wootton Bassett x Diavola, by Duke of Marmalade).
Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the French bred mare was favourite for the 1354m maiden at Donald and showed her rivals a clean pair of heels when galloping away to win by more than three lengths.
Purchased by renowned Australian bloodstock agent John Foote for 130,000 euros from the Arqana October Yearling Sale, Rapid Achiever runs for a syndicate of owners and looks to have her share of ability.
She is the first winner for Diavola, a half-sister by Duke of Marmalade to stakes-winner Dalkova from the family of Group I stars Daliapour, Darshaan and blue hen Darara.
Completely free of Danehill blood, Wootton Bassett is a proven outcross sire that stands at a fee of $71,500 this spring.