Pinhooking profit for Stauffenberg as Wootton Bassett filly fetches 600,000gns
Charlie Gordon-Watson's purchase will go into training with Andre Fabre
The in-form Wootton Bassett has proved all the rage in recent months and Stauffenberg Bloodstock's daughter of the sire sensation lit up proceedings when realising 600,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson early on in the second day of Tattersalls Book 1.
The filly, out of the winning Johannesburg mare Green Diamond Lady, is a granddaughter of the brilliant American racemare Spain, who struck in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and La Brea Stakes in a stellar career. She duly rewarded Philipp Stauffenberg's faith after he pinhooked her as a foal for €190,000 at last year's Arqana December Sale.
A bidding match took place for the filly, a half-sister to the stakes-winning Raven's Pass filly Lady Galore, one Gordon-Watson won in determined fashion.
A delighted Stauffenberg said: “She’s a lovely filly and I loved her as a foal so I bought her. Obviously Wootton Bassett didn’t do her value any harm, so she was vetted by all of the big operations. I knew that she would do well but I just couldn’t put a price on her. I understand she’s going to Andre Fabre so I’m very happy."
Landing pinhooking profit has not been straightforward during a sales season that has witnessed a sizeable market correction. Stauffenberg reflected on the state of trade at Book 1, saying: "It’s selective but the nice horses are still making plenty of money, as expected. If you’ve got a nice horse you get rewarded, but if you’ve got question marks then it’s difficult."
The selectiveness of trade was highlighted by Stauffenberg's Wootton Bassett colt out of the Group 3-placed Holy Cat making 140,000gns to John and Jake Warren. The consignor said: “I’m a little disappointed, he made a little less than I thought he would, but that’s the nature of the game."
Gordon-Watson added of his purchase: "She’s a beautiful filly and was worth stretching for. It’s a great pedigree and Wootton Bassett is doing really well. Going forward she’ll be great for the owner’s stud.”
Wootton Bassett was sensationally purchased by Coolmore in August, and among his leading progeny this season is Prix de l'Abbaye hero Wooded, Prix Jean Romanet winner Audarya - also an excellent third in the Prix de l'Opera - and unbeaten Dewhurst entry Chindit.
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