Fee for 2013: £5,500 (1st October)
PASTORAL PUSUITS raced at 2, 3 and 4 years old winning a total of 6 out of his 10 career starts beating Hong Kong Mile (Gr.1) winner FIREBREAK and Prix De L’Abbey (Gr.1 ) winner AVONBRIDGE along the way. He won at Group level every season he raced; was a July Cup (Gr.1) winner, a track record breaker at 2YO and was the Top- Rated Sprinter in the UK & Europe in 2005.
This handsome son of BAHAMIAN BOUNTY has also excelled as a stallion. His career winners/ runners strike rate with 2YOS is 38%, far outstripping that of his commercial stallion rivals AVONBRIDGE and FIREBREAK. His progeny have won over £1.5million in prize money and he has proved, like his sire before him that he produces talented 2YOS that train on. PASTORAL PURSUITS’ older horses have been flying the flag for him all season. Royal Ascot winner SAGRAMOR (Jasmick) set the ball rolling with a fantastic performance in the Gr.3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown when finishing just under 2 lengths behind CARLTON HOUSE (Street Cry). He went on to produce equally thrilling days out for his owners when finishing 2nd in the Prix Gontaut Biron (Gr.3) in Deauville and the September Stakes (Gr.3) at Kempton. PASTORAL PLAYER (Copy Cat) improved on his stable mate’s performance with a win in the Gr.3 Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock Park beating a field of 6 by 1 ½ lengths and going on to run close seconds in both the Summer Mile Stakes (Gr.2) & OLBG Park Stakes (Gr.2).
His 2 year olds have also been hitting some impressive statistics, achieving a winners/ runners strike rate of 33% throughout the year. This consistency has seen PASTORAL PURSUITS remain in the top 10 sires of 2YOS in GB/IRE throughout the 2012 flat season. This parade of juvenile talent did not go unnoticed by buyers in the raft of recent yearling sales as progeny of the 2005 July Cup winner sold well all over Europe. August saw a beautiful colt out of ANNABELLE JA (Singspiel) sell for 150,000euro at Arqana. A colt out of RIGHT AFTER MOYNE (Imperial Ballet (dam of Gr.3 Molcombe Stakes 3rd CHOOSE WISELY (Choisir)) followed briskly at Tattersalls Ireland realising 64,000euros. Book 2 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale also proved a good hunting ground for fans of PASTORAL PURSUITS as colts out of DANSA QUEEN (Dansili), PREMIERE DANCE (Loupe Solitaire), IMPERIALISTIC (Imperial Ballet) and JUST DEVINE (Montjeu) sold for 85,000, 55,000 and 50,000gns respectively.
His 2013 crop of juveniles will go in to training with the likes of William Haggas, Richard Hannon, James Eustace and Stuart Williams.