Outstanding juvenile Pinatubo retired to stallion duties by Godolphin

Fri 9 Oct 2020

Last season's outstanding two-year-old Pinatubo has been retired to stud, after bagging a third Group One prize in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July before failing to cut down Persian King in the Prix du Moulin last time out.

Unbeaten in six starts as a two-year-old, Pinatubo preferred to keep his light under a bushel at home, but his considerable talent was first exposed when he broke the juvenile course record in the 2019 Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

An emphatic win in Goodwood's Vintage Stakes followed, before he put in his best performance at the Curragh in the Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.

Unforgettable - Pinatubo puts his rivals to the sword in the National Stakes

His brilliance that day earned him an official rating of 128, making him the highest rated two-year-old in the last 25 years.

He finished his juvenile season with a tenacious win in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and was crowned champion two-year-old.

Third in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas first time out this season, he was then a gallant second in the St James’s Palace Stakes, before winning his third Group One prize when taking the Prix Jean Prat.

On his final racecourse start, he finished fast but was unable to reel in Persian King in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "It has been a great honour and privilege to train a horse of this calibre and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has taken great pleasure in following his career.

"To have a homebred, especially a descendent of the late Shamardal, is fantastic for the breeding operation and we look forward to seeing him stand at Dalham Hall Stud."

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