The final share available in champion second season sire Wootton Bassett was bought for €120,000 by Hesmonds Stud on Arqanaonline.com.
As had been the case with the sale of four shares in Siyouni offered on the online platform last season, the opportunity to invest in a young, upcoming stallion wasn’t lost on breeders. 17 registered for the sale, both from France and abroad, and bidding was active until the Extra Time.
Formerly owned by the Goulandris family, Hesmonds Stud was purchased by Kazakh owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov in 2010 and is currently home to around 25 broodmares of a high standard. The farm had already bought the first share in the Aga Khan Studs’ Siyouni to be offered on Arqanaonline.com for €355,000.
Stud manager Tony Fry commented: “We are very pleased to have bought into this exciting stallion. Even before we found out about the online sale, we had a mare down to him, a maiden by Sea The Stars out of a Storm Cat mare. Now we’ll just have to look for a second one! We purchased a share in Siyouni via Arqana Online, which we thought offered tremendous value. This is also a very fair price considering that Wootton Bassett will stand for at least €20,000 next year and the share includes two nominations. We are always looking to be involved with this sort of horses. I would like to thank Nicolas de Chambure at Etreham and ARQANA for this opportunity.”
Wootton Bassett stood his first season at Haras d’Etreham in 2012 at a fee of €6,000 and had only by 17 foals on the ground but they included two Group horses. ALMANZOR, the breath-taking winner of the Champion Stakes Gr.1, Irish Champion Stakes Gr.1 and Prix du Jockey Club Gr.1 is now rated 127 which makes him quite simply the best European-trained horse of any age and on any distance. The filly DO RE MI FA SOL is rated 104 on the back of her fast-finishing 3rd place in the Prix de Malleret Gr.2.