Pinatubo (Ire)

Master of the Seas to Step Up to Group 1 Company

Unbeaten juvenile Master Of The Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), a winner of the July 11 G2 Superlative S. last out for Godolphin, will target Group 1 races for the foreseeable future, trainer Charlie Appleby revealed. The bay got the job done on debut at Newmarket on June 18 and is now a potential candidate for the G1 National S. in Ireland, the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in France and the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy in the UK according to Appleby. "Master Of The Seas is having a break," said Appleby....

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Earthlight Camp Considers Sussex S.

Godolphin's unbeaten Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal), a winner of the G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park S. as a juvenile, is a potential runner in the upcoming G1 Qatar Sussex S. at Goodwood on July 29. Although injury kept him from the G1 French 2000 Guineas, he resurfaced to take a listed race at ParisLongchamp the same day as Godolphin's champion and MG1SW Pinatubo (GB) (Shamardal) claimed the G1 Prix Jean Prat. The one-mile feature is also the next likely target for G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Kameko (Kitten's Joy),...

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What’s in a Name: Pinatubo

Godolphin's Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) exploded with speed in the last furlong of Sunday's G1 Prix Jean Prat in Deauville, as is appropriate for a horse named after a volcano. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines "is most notorious for its VEI-Level 6 (max is 8) eruption on June 15, 1991, the second largest one of the 20th century," according to Wikipedia. The dam of Pinatubo is Lava Flow (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}), and the granddam is Mount Elbrus (GB) (Barathea {Ire}), which is the name of a dormant volcano in Southern Russia....

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Jean Prat Glory For Pinatubo

Dropping back to the seven-furlong trip over which he proved so dominant in 2019, Godolphin's Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) was duly back to winning ways in Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville. Vanquished at a mile when third in the G1 2000 Guineas and runner-up in the G1 St James's Palace S., the 3-5 favourite was buried in the pack early by William Buick and was at his previous best as he threaded through rivals to take command a furlong out. Threatened by one of last year's foes Lope...

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Godolphin’s Pinatubo Looms in G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat

Sunday is a big day for the Godolphin operation, with their two star Shamardal juveniles of 2019 Pinatubo (Ire) and Earthlight (Ire) back in action at Deauville. Neither has followed the script so far, with the former suffering two reversals and Earthlight out so far through injury. Pinatubo is back over seven furlongs in the feature G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat, having possibly been stretched on his two starts at a mile when third in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket June 6 and runner-up in the G1 St James's...

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Godolphin Colts Avoid Clash in Jean Prat

Godolphin's champion Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) and fellow MG1SW Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) will not line up against one another in the July 12 G1 Prix Jean Prat, the Racing Post reported on Tuesday. The former, an unbeaten champion at two for trainer Charlie Appleby, ran third in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas early last month, before a runner-up performance in the G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot on June 20. He will represent the royal blue in the Jean Prat, while Andre Fabre trainee Earthlight, who won the G1...

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Pinatubo Possible for Prix Jean Prat

Charlie Appleby will make a decision after watching Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) work at the weekend regarding his participation in the G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville. The Newmarket handler is leaning towards the seven-furlong Group 1 on Sunday week as the next target for last year's champion 2-year-old, who has met with defeat in both of his starts this season. Having finished third on his first start over a mile in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Sharmardal colt subsequently found only Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) too strong...

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Ascot Braced for Super Saturday

   After the quintet of thrilling Group 1 contests this week at Royal Ascot, Saturday sees a triple treat as the G1 St James's Palace S., G1 Coronation S. and G1 Diamond Jubilee S. provide the ultimate closing act. It is the St James's Palace which entices the most, with the May 6 G1 2,000 Guineas second and third Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never) and Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) re-enacting their Classic encounter as TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) joining in for good measure. On last year's form,...

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Fifteen Set For 2000 Guineas

Saturday's G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket has attracted a field of 15, with Godolphin's Charlie Appleby-trained champion juvenile Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) favourably drawn in seven as he faces a quartet from Ballydoyle headed by Ryan Moore's mount Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) with Frankie Dettori on the G3 Tattersalls S. winner Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never). Arizona will break from stall 13 alongside Julian Richmond-Watson's TDN Rising Star Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in 12 with Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) another notable to be drawn in the high numbers widest of all in 15. Godolphin's...

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Dettori Called Up by Ballydoyle for 2000 Guineas

Italian reinsman Frankie Dettori has picked up a Classic ride and will be aboard one of four possible Coolmore G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas contenders on June 6th for Aidan O'Brien at Newmarket, Racing Post reported on Monday. G2 Coventry S. winner Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) is second favourite among the 15 entries as of Monday, while O'Brien also has GSW & G1SP Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never), New World Tapestry (War Front), and G2 Royal Lodge S. victor Royal Dornoch (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) entered at this stage. The Rosegreen...

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2000 Guineas, Yasuda Kinen to Be Simulcast in HK

The G1 2000 Guineas card at Newmarket on June 6 and Japan's G1 Yasuda Kinen on June 7 will be simulcast for betting beginning in the late evening of Saturday, June 6, the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced on Sunday. Newmarket's seven races are headed by the 2000 Guineas, where European Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) is expected to take part. Meanwhile in Japan the next day, the 1600-metre G1 Yasuda Kinen features Japanese Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) and the race will be...

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