New G2 Winning Juvenile Colt for Wootton Bassett
The Group II Railway Stakes (6f) at The Curragh on Sunday for juvenile colts produced a quinella for Wootton Bassett with Bucanero Fuerte (2c Wootton Bassett x Frida La Blonde, by Elusive City) edging out the race favourite Unquestionable (2c Wootton Bassett x Strawberry Lace, by Sea the Stars).
The Adrian Murray trained Bucanero Fuerte won on debut at The Curragh back in March and then finished third at Royal Ascot in the Group II Coventry Stakes behind another Wootton Bassett colt in River Tiber.
Ridden by Rossa Ryan, Bucanero Fuerte challenged hard at the finish to score a head win over the Aidan O’Brien trained Unquestionable with four lengths back to the next horse.
“I knew Bucanero Fuerte would battle because he needs every yard of 6f. He's a tough horse, really tough. He's a beautiful-looking horse too and, you know what, he's going to improve again. When he won his maiden he was only a shell of a horse. He is twice the horse now than he was then. Please God, we will be back here again for the G1 Phoenix Stakes,” said Adrian Murray.
Purchased for €165,000 from the Arqana August Deauville Yearling Sale by Robson Aguiar, Bucanero Fuerte runs in the Amo Racing colours.
He is a full brother to Wootton Bassett’s Group I winning sprinter Wooded and Group III placed Beat le Bon being one of four winners from good producer Frida la Blonde, a sibling to stakes-winners Fred Lalloupet and Mon Pote le Gitan.
He is the 35th stakes-winner for Wootton Bassett, who returns to Australia this spring at a fee of $93,500.