The first Pastoral Pursuits winner of 2020 came at Newcastle this evening. The curiously named Bobby Joe Leg was a scorer at Gosforth Park for Ruth Carr, taking the ‘Bombardier ‘March To Your Own Drum’ Handicap’.
Classic winner Bollin Eric, who stood at Norton Grove Stud as a stallion, has died aged 21. Trained by Tim Easterby, Bollin Eric won the 2002 St Leger and went on to stand at the National Stud in Newmarket before going on to Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire and then joining us here at Norton Grove. Rest In Peace Eric.
Klopp, a son of the late Norton Grove stallion Monsieur Bond, was a winner for trainer Antony Brittain at Newcastle this evening.
Bond Angel, the first posthumous winner for Monsieur Bond when she won in December, was a winner at Southwell this afternoon. She was following up her previous victory at Lingfield. The daughter of the much missed Norton Grove stallion was winning for the seventh time for trainer David Evans.
Furzig, trained by Richard Fahey, was a winner at Lingfield today. Foaled at Norton Grove Stud in 2015 he was winning for the fourth time. His sire is of course the late Monsieur Bond.
Norton Grove stallion Pastoral Pursuits was on the mark today when Al Batal won at Southwell. He was making his debut for trainer Adrian Nicholls.