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The 2015 flat racing season saw Pastoral Pursuits’ reputation cemented as one of the top sources of precocious juvenile talent. At the time of writing he has recorded a 39% winners/runners strike rate with his 2yos in 2015, bettering his career strike rate of 38%.
The traditional opening two-year-old race of the flat season gave a glimpse of what was to come from Pastoral Pursuits’ juveniles, with his son First Bombardment finishing 2nd by just a short head in the Brocklesby. From there the good results kept on coming; of his 11 2yo winners in GB/Ire in 2015, at the time of writing 3 of those also earned black type.
Field Of Vision has proven to be an extremely smart purchase by Joseph Tuite and Stephen Hillen. From a yearling price tag of just €10,500 he has earned over £60,000 to date and most recently placed 2nd in the Gr.3 Dubai Cornwallis Stakes.
Further young talent has come in the form of Listed winner Catalina Bay and Listed placed Soapy Aitken. Catalina Bay was purchased for 14,500gns at the Guineas Breeze Up Sale in the Spring on 2015 by Federico Barberini; with career earnings now over £26,000 she is another perfect example of the value that Pastoral Pursuits can offer.
The older generation too have continued to impress. 3yo Pastoral Girl built on the black type of her 2yo career, with a Listed place in the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes in May of this year, and 5yo Rooke rewarded his owner with a second place finish at Listed level in August.
As a Group 1 winning son of our now retired stalwart stallion Bahamian Bounty, Pastoral Pursuits represents one of few remaining opportunities to breed to the Cadeaux Genereux sire line. This, coupled with his ability to consistently produce top class juvenile talent provides breeders with a fantastic opportunity to breed commercial stock at great value.