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Pastoral Pursuits: early progeny performing well

PASTORAL PURSUITS, the best runner by Bahamian Bounty  on Racing Post Ratings to date, covered a book of 98 mares in his first season at The National Stud.

The resulting crop offoals by the triple two-year-old winner, Park Stakes and July Cup hero sold for an average of 11,163gns, with several sales yielding handsome profits when re-offered as yearlings. One, a filly from the family of Group 2 winner Ocean Ridge, was bought as a foal for 21,000gns and resold as a yearling to John Warren for €100,000. Named Plume, she is trained by Richard Hannon for Highclere Racing.

Con Marnane pulled off another profitable pinhook, buying a half-brother to Dark Angel for £45,000 at the DBS St. Leger sale, and reselling him to Malih Albasti for £190,000 at the same company's breeze-up sale. The colt is named Angel's Pursuit and is trained by Richard Hannon.

Other eyecatching names among the buyers of Pastoral Pursuits' top-priced yearlings were Shadwell, who paid £45,000 for a half-sister to Ice Planet now named Habbah and in training with John Gosden, and Rabbah Bloodstock, who paid 40,000gns for a filly outof a half-sister to Group 3 winner Muakaad now in training with Clive Brittain.

Judging by his early results, purchasers' faith in Pastoral Pursuits does not look misplaced. His ten runners so far have yielded two winners - the Kevin Ryan-trained speedball Here Now And Why and Mick Channon's Royal Desert - as well as three placed runners.

What they say
"Further back in his female family there is lots of stamina, but his dam was very fast if a little headstrong - she was definitely better on straight courses. The plan is to go for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but we hope to give him one more run before then, either in the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh ora conditions race at Beverley, both on Saturday week."
Peter McCarthy, owner-breeder of Here Now And Why

"I've bought a few yearlings by Pastoral Pursuits, as well as the top-priced foal by him, and I am very happy with them all. They are very taking individuals in the sale ring, and the two-year-olds are very sharp, precocious sorts who have been working well for Richard Hannon."
Peter Doyle, purchaser of Kurtanella




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