Category: Horses in training (Flat)
Sire: PASTORAL PURSUITS (GB)
Dam: SNAKE'S HEAD (GB)
Dam Sire: GOLDEN SNAKE (USA)
County: North Yorkshire
The 11-time winning eight-year-old sprinter Classic Pursuit is offered for sale. He has recently moved to the care of promising Middleham-based trainer Stef Keniry, who would be delighted to keep the horse in the yard, but he is also available to be sold externally.
An exceptionally tough and consistent performer, Classic Pursuit registered his first career victory as a two-year-old back in the 2013 season. He would go on to win again once in each of the next three seasons, before really hitting his stride when transferred to the care of Michael Appeby in 2017.
For that yard he would win on six occasions, including when completing a memorable hat-trick last summer, comprising two victories at Pontefract and a success at Nottingham in between, all within less than a fortnight. Over the past couple of seasons he has progressed his rating from the mid-60s to the mid-80s and has taken his career earnings past £60,000.
A horse of rare versatility, he ran no less than 22 times last year, is fully effective at five or six-furlongs, acts on a range of going on turf - plus fibresand and polytrack - and has finished in the first three in almost 40% of his 83 career starts. In short, he will pay his way throughout the year and offer new connections virtually unrivalled excitement and enjoyment along the way.
At the turn of the year Classic Pursuit was rated 81 on the AW, yet a few mildly disappointing efforts have seen this reduce to 77 - a rating which he defied twice just last year. Admittedly his turf mark is still 82, but that is by no means punitive, and it seems sure that this fantastic campaigner can be placed to win again during the 2019 season.