Ballydoyle Wootton Bassett Colts Poised For Navan Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday’s Observations features a pair of colts by Wootton Bassett (GB).

2.00 Navan, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, 5f 164yT
RIVER TIBER (IRE) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) was spared a debut run on deep ground at The Curragh last week in the maiden won by the stable’s Democracy (Ire) (No Nay Never) and should have conditions more to suit as he flies the flag for Ballydoyle in the race won 12 months ago by ‘TDN Rising Star’ Aesop’s Fables (Ire) (No Nay Never). A 480,000gns Book 1 purchase, the February-foaled bay hails from the family of the 2013 G1 Phoenix S. winner Sudirman (Henrythenavigator) and Star Of India (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and could be joined by the stable’s Unquestionable (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), a €340,000 Arqana Deauville August purchase from the family of Bated Breath (GB) who races for Al Shaqab Racing, Coolmore and Westerberg.


4.20 Newbury, Mdn, £40,000, 3yo, 11fT
KLONDIKE (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was a 600,000gns Book 1 purchase who debuts for a partnership between Nicholas Jonsson, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and his breeder Fittocks Stud and the William Haggas stable in this valuable “Too Darn Hot Darley Maiden”. A half-brother to the G2 Queen’s Vase winner Kemari (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), he meets the Doncaster maiden third Astrodome (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), the John and Thady Gosden-trained son of the G3 Musidora S. winner and G1 Prix de l’Opera third So Mi Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) who cost 1.2million gns at the Book 1 Sale.

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