Bassett batters York rivals

Wootton Bassett landed a major gamble as the heavily-backed 5-4 favourite powered up the Knavesmire to land the richly-endowed DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.

Wootton Bassett landed a major gamble as the heavily-backed 5-4 favourite powered up the Knavesmire to land the richly-endowed DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.

Championship-leading jockey Paul Hanagan struggled to get Richard Fahey’s charge settled early on as the pre-meditated plan to find cover disappeared.

However, the Iffraaj colt surged along the rail from his prominent position to record a one-and-three-quarter-length victory over Galtymore Lad, ridden by Kieren Fallon, with the pair finishing well clear.

Hanagan said: "He hits the gates so quickly he gets nearly a length on the rest of them coming out of the stalls.

“He was very quick out of the gates and there wasn’t anything quick enough to lead me.

“Kieren (Fallon) came at me but it actually helped me as it was just what he needed and he dug deep. He’s good.”

Fahey added: "He's a nice horse and we think he's pretty special, so it's good. We like him an awful lot.

“We tried to drop him in but they’re not quick enough to take him off the bridle.

“It was nice to see him quicken away at the end and the first two were a long way clear of the rest.

“I think he’d nearly have won the Gimcrack but we’ve come for the sales race because there’s massive money on offer. They’re so valuable you can’t really get away from them.

“He’s in a few more sales races and we’ll have a look and see. He’s in everywhere.

“He’s in the sales race at Doncaster, as well as the Mill Reef Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.”

Andy Lanigan, travelling head lad for Mick Channon, said of the runner-up: ``He's run a massive race.

“He was carrying a penalty and the first two have pulled miles clear.

“We will just keep looking for suitable races for him. He’s very tough.”

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