Gutsy Bassett wins second stakes race in 8 days

Mar 27, 2017

The month of March has been great for Bassett who has raced three times for three wins and $167,000 in prize money. The winning run started with a dominant 4.5 length win at Sandown on the 1st March with young gun apprentice Beau Mertens aboard. 16 days later he took out the Listed Abell stakes at Moonee Valley by a decisive 2.25 lengths before backing up within 8 days to take out $120,000 listed Ladbrokes Hareeba Stakes (1200m). Young Beau Mertens has a real affinity with the son of Savabeel and had this to say after the victory.

“This was my main ride of the day and I thought it was my best chance of winning — it’s absolutely unreal, I’m getting nice support from all the right trainers — it’s been a dream run,”

Bassett drew the outside barrier and settled second before overrunning leader Prussian Vixen to win by a half head in 1:08.9, slicing a half-second off the track record.

“There was a lot of speed in the race but he put himself up there and he’s such an easy horse to ride — he makes his own luck and he’s such a tough horse,” Mertens said.

Bassett provided Mertens with his first stakes winner when claiming the listed Abell Stakes (1200m) and Beau carried the same coloured silks as his father, Peter, did in providing Mick Price with his first Group 1 winner in the 1999 Futurity Stakes with Rustic Dream.

“I look at him and see a bit of Pete coming out in him, I’m happy to support him, I like Beau and obviously so because we’re putting him on in stakes races.” State Mick Price

Price is undecided on Bassett’s immediate future but appears inclined to give the four-year-old gelding a short break before a possible tilt at the $1 million Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 20.