Pinatubo Powers Towards Dewhurst
Named after a Filipino volcano, Godolphin’s Pinatubo has proved every bit as explosive as his namesake on the racecourse.
Unbeaten in five races and now seemingly the headline act of his generation, he heads to Newmarket in a bid to cap a wonderful year with a final victory.
Pinatubo’s exceptional juvenile campaign has already received the official seal of approval from the British Handicappers, who following a demolition job at the Curragh last time out gave him a mark of 128. Placing him two pounds higher than the mighty Frankel was at the same stage of his career.
Pinatubo initially broke his maiden with a fairly low-key victory at Wolverhampton in May before landing a battling win on his second start at Epsom during the Investec Derby Festival. While the early signs were promising, few would have asserted the son of Shamardal a potential superstar.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) May 10, 2019
Godolphin’s top prospect really sprang into life at two of Britain’s most established festivals, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood; winning his Stakes races by three and five lengths respectively.
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 22, 2019
Clearly not done progressing, he then put in his most breathtaking display of them all, on his first attempt in Group 1 company no less.
Paired with jockey William Buick, the duo blew away an elite field, including multiple Stakes-winning horses, in the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes with an unrelenting 9 length victory.
PINATUBO is in a different league to his rivals in the (Group 1) National Stakes at @curraghrace, scoring by a huge 9 lengths under William Buick!
A monster performance from Charlie Appleby’s star 2-y-o!🏇
— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) September 15, 2019
Pinatubo is unsurprisingly a very hot favourite to crown his campaign with a victory in the feature race of Newmarket’s Future Champions Weekend, the Darley Dewhurst Stakes. A race previously won by many great champions, not least the brilliant Frankel.
Already rated as the second best two-year-old of all time behind Celtic Swing (133) the unbeaten colt must have Godolphin dreaming of great successes in 2020.
Can he cement his status as a superstar two-year-old or will he come unstuck in the Autumn ground? Tune into ITV from 1:30pm on Saturday to find out.