Happy birthday to a true blue hen

Turning 30 is always a cause for celebration but particularly if your name is Pastorale

Pastorale, a daughter of Nureyev out of the infamous Park Appeal is a half-sister to Champion and prolific sire, the late, great Cape Cross but perhaps is better known as the dam of another Darley stalwart, Iffraaj.

Now residing in Ballymany Stud, she lives an easy life along with her companions in Godolphin’s retired broodmare band in Ireland. She is the oldest of her compatriots which includes her own daughter Jathaabeh, a pair of 27-year-olds, Grecian Slipper and Her Ladyship, and Porto Roca - dam of Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso (Dubawi).


Pastorale, photographed at Ballymany Stud today

The retired broodmare band numbers 17 in total and they will see out their days at the picturesque Ballymany Stud on the Curragh.

Stud Director, Jimmy Hyland said; “Huge credit must go to the staff at Ballymany Stud, the daily care that they give the retired mares is second to none and despite her age, Pastorale’s great condition and health is a testimony to their love and respect of the horses in their care.”

Despite her age, the connection between Pastorale and Godolphin is a long way from quietening down as Ribchester, the best horse by her own son Iffraaj has only recently retired to Kildangan Stud.

A four-time G1 winner in the royal blue silks, Ribchester has a full book of quality mares this season and so it would appear that Pastorale’s legacy is far from over.