Wootton Bassett G1 Breeder’s Cup Winner
Wootton Bassett was expected to figure in the Group I Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf (1m) for colts at Santa Anita with his classy performer River Tiber, but when that colt was scratched due to a vet issue it was left to his stablemate Unquestionable (2c Wootton Bassett x Strawberry Lace, by Sea the Stars) and he rose to the challenge to score a length and a half win.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, Unquestionable improved on his last start second in the Group I Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp to score his first stakes win taking his overall record to two wins and three placings from six starts.
“I had a bit of speed underneath me and was able to get to the rail, while I was happy at every stage,” said Ryan Moore.
“He's a Wootton Bassett and we thought a lot of him and River Tiber [also by Wootton Bassett], but this fella ran well in the Lagardere. If things worked out better that day, I think he could have won.”
A €340,000 purchase for Mandore International Agency/ Al Shaqab / MV Magnier from the Normandie Breeding consignment at the 2022 Arqana August Yearling Sale, Unquestionable is the first winner from two to race for the Sea The Stars mare Strawberry Lace, a daughter of the stakes-winning Holy Roman Emperor mare Crying Lightening.
Unquestionable is the 40th stakes-winner for Wootton Bassett and is his eighth Group I winner.