Eye Infection Knocks Pinatubo Off Shuttle Duty

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Champion 2-year-old Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) will not travel to Darley Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season as planned on account of a viral eye infection.

“It's extremely disappointing for our clients and the team at Darley, however, we must first and foremost consider what is best for the horse and the overwhelming conclusion, and based on vets' advice, was for Pinatubo to remain at Dalham Hall Stud where they're able to manage his treatment and get him right for next season,” said Godolphin Australia's Managing Director Vin Cox. “We thank our clients for their support of this horse since his announcement. The legacy Shamardal is leaving through the likes of proven sire sons such as Lope de Vega is incredible and we're fortunate to be able to offer two sons who, like Pinatubo, were champion racehorses in their own right, on our roster this season in Blue Point and Earthlight. Just because Pinatubo is unable to make the journey this season certainly doesn't rule him out for next season and we look forward to him joining our roster in 2022.”

Pinatubo, winner of the G1 National S., G1 Dewhurst S. and G1 Prix Jean Prat, recently completed his first season at Dalham Hall for a fee of £35,000.

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