Wootton Bassett Colt Looks Classic Material

Having wowed with a six-length win over a mile at Saint-Cloud in November, Malcolm Parrish’s exciting colt American Flag (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}–Tres Americanqueen {Fr}, by American Post {GB}) returned to the same course and distance on Saturday to put his name among the 2023 Classic hopefuls with an impressive success in the Listed Prix Omnium II. Held up initially by Christophe Soumillon, the Yann Barberot-trained relative of the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville winner Tres Blue (Ire) (Anabaa Blue {GB}) was cajoled forward nearing the end of the back straight. Seizing the advantage passing the two-furlong pole, the even-money favourite was soon clear and was eased late on to register a three-length verdict over Kendly (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}). “Last year after his win over the course and distance he showed us that he could be a horse with a great potential,” the trainer said of the €102,000 purchase at the 2021 Arqana Deauville August Sale. “He confirmed that today, even though he was not fully fit having only had an easy piece of work on the grass last Tuesday. That opens up possibilities, but so far he has only raced on soft ground and I don’t know how he will do over good or faster. The [G3] Prix de Fontainebleau is an option, but we won’t commit at this stage.”

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