Wootton Bassett paddock shot

Wootton Bassett Nine for Karaka Book 1

The Wootton Bassett show rolls into Karaka this week and given the response to his first Southern Hemisphere bred yearlings at Magic Millions earlier this month we can expect serious interest in his offering of nine yearlings for the NZB National Yearling Sale Series Book 1.

A proven Group I sire in the Northern Hemisphere, the rise of Wootton Bassett has been well documented. A Group I winning son of Iffraaj, Wootton Bassett rose from humble beginnings in France to being acquired by Coolmore with his fee in Ireland set at €200,000 in 2024.

Wootton Bassett was a sensation at Magic Millions where he left the sale-topper and only $2million yearling of the sale with his filly from NZ Horse of the Year Avantage selling to David Ellis for $2.1million and he had 32 yearlings average $465,625 across Book 1 at the Gold Coast.

All eyes are now on New Zealand and his selection of yearlings for Karaka features some obvious standouts and they are all listed below.

Lot 4 Filly Wootton Bassett x Dark Heather – Carlaw Park

Fourth foal of an unraced half-sister to brilliant Group II winning sprinter Heatherly, dam of Group III winning juvenile Red Resistance from the family of Group I winner Linton.

Lot 142 Colt Wootton Bassett x Influencer – Hanui Farm

Second foal of a placed half-sister to Group I Queensland Oaks winner Miss Keepsake and Group II winner Villifye.

Lot 185 Colt Wootton Bassett x Legless Veuve – Woburn Farm as agent for Morning Rise Stud

Fourth foal of Group II winner Legless Veuve, who is now the dam of a winner Horns (3g Justify), a winner at Canterbury at his second start. From the family of NZ Horse of the Year Probabeel and Group I winners Never Been Kissed and Savvy Coup.

Lot 274 Colt Wootton Bassett x O’Marilyn – Woburn Farm

Half-brother to Group II winner O’President from Group I winner O’Marilyn, a half-sister to Group I winners Headturner and Anacheeva.

Lot 359 Colt Wootton Bassett x Romantic Vision – Haunui Farm

Third foal of an unraced half-sister to Group III winner Tralee Rose from the family of Group I winners Serenade Rose and Trekking.

Lot 385 Colt Wootton Bassett x Semillon (IRE) – Cambridge Stud

First foal of an unraced import with impeccable European bloodlines tracing back to the family of world champion miler Goldikova.

Lot 423 Colt Wootton Bassett x Soubrettes – Curraghmore

Half-brother to Group III placed Toscanini from Group III winner Soubrettes from the family of Group I winner Star Satire and this season’s Group I placed 3YO I Am Unstoppable.

Lot 513 Filly Wootton Bassett x Via Napoli – Curraghmore as agent for Fairway Thoroughbreds

Half-sister to Group III placed Petrucci and is second foal of a winning half-sister to Group I winner Gathering and to the dam of four time US Group I winner In Italian with this branch of the Dancing Show family also producing Group I winners Tom Kitten and Desert Lightning last year.

Lot 644 Colt Wootton Bassett x Charmont – Pencarrow Stud

From Group I winner Charmont, a daughter of SW Martique and half-sister to the dam of SW Meg. From the family of Group I winners Champagne, St Reims and Bonneval.