Arqana sells final Wootton Bassett share online

Wootton Bassett: sire of Almanzor had just 17 foals in first crop

Hesmonds Stud snaps up Wootton Bassett share
By James Thomas 5:49PM 25 OCT 2016

The final share in champion second-season sire and Haras D'Etreham resident Wootton Bassett has been snapped up by Hesmonds Stud, who parted with €120,000 through the online auction held on

This isn't the first time Arqana has offered shares in a stallion online, with a quartet of shares in Haras de Bonneval resident Siyouni also being offered through the same method.

Formerly owned by the Goulandris family, Hesmonds Stud was purchased by Kazakh owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov in 2010 and is currently home to 25 broodmares.

The farm had already bought the first share in the Aga Khan's Siyouni to be offered on for €355,000.

Hesmonds 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 horse. 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, most notably Almanzor, who has carried all before him this season when landing a hat-trick of Group 1 successes in the Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Champion Stakes and most recently the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

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