Pastoral Pursuits and Forever Now new to Norton Grove Stud
Something to suit all tastes at the North Yorkshire operation
Norton Grove Stud in North Yorkshire has added two new stallions to its roster for next year's breeding season: the established Pastoral Pursuits and breeding debutant Forever Now, both owned by Martyn Meade.
July Cup hero Pastoral Pursuits, a 16-year-old son of Bahamian Bounty, has supplied 12 stakes scorers including this year's Listed-winning sprinter Perfect Pasture.
Pastoral Pursuits spent the first 11 seasons of his stallion career at the National Stud in Newmarket before moving across town to Ladyswood and Snailwell Stud this year.
Forever Now, meanwhile, won the Listed March Stakes at Goodwood and finished third in the Sagaro Stakes for John Gosden before being switched towards the end of his racing career to Meade.
He is by Galileo out of the winning Darshaan mare All's Forgotten, making him a brother to 2,000 Guineas third Gan Amhras, Group 3 winner Shantaram and last month's Listed Chalice Stakes winner To Eternity.
Shantaram already has a stallion role at Coolagown Stud in Ireland.
Richard Lingwood, the new custodian of Pastoral Pursuits and Forever Now at his Norton Grove Stud, said: “Pastoral Pursuits is in great order for a middle-aged horse and he continues to keep firing in winners.
“Forever Now is a big, fine horse bred on the Galileo-Darshaan cross and will stand in a dual-purpose capacity. We're short of a good National Hunt horse in the north [of England] and he's a good fit.
“With those two, as well as Monsieur Bond and Milk It Mick, we have something to suit all tastes.”
Pastoral Pursuits will stand at a fee of £2,000 in 2018, with Forever Now introduced at a price of £1,000.