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Bass, William Arthur Hamar (1879 - 1952)

Owner (O)

Associated Places:  Burton on Trent, Staffs


In 1901, William Bass registered his colours of yellow, green sleeves and cap on the turf, and enjoyed his first major success in the Cesarewitch with Grey Tick in 1903. He bought the great filly Sceptre for £25,000 after her best days were over and won a further five races with her. His filly Rosedrop, bought as a 700 guineas yearling, won the Oaks for him and he then parted with her to Lady James Douglas for whom she bred the great horse Gainsborough.

As a stallion, Cyllene (Sceptre's mate for her first two seasons at stud) was another good horse to pass through his hands but was exported to Argentina before his full potential was realised.

Sir William Bass, of the well-known brewing family, was a member and a steward of The Jockey Club, was on the National Hunt Committee, and was joint Master of the Meynell Hunt. He also enjoyed pony racing, polo and shooting. As he had no children, his baronetcy became extinct. The bulk of his estate passed to his nephew, the trainer Captain Peter Hastings, who then became Peter Hastings-Bass according to his uncle's will.

Important successes:

Rosedrop   1910   (O)

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