What's in a Name: Pinatubo

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Pinatubo | Scoop Dyga

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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. Remarkable theme consistency in the pedigree (vein-naming) made for this ingenious and appealing name.

Sunday, Deauville, France
QATAR PRIX JEAN PRAT-G1, €240,000, Deauville, 7-12, 3yo, c/f, 7fT, 1:23.03, g/s.
1–PINATUBO (IRE), 128, c, 3, by Shamardal
                1st Dam: Lava Flow (Ire) (SW-Fr), by Dalakhani (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Mount Elbrus (GB), by Barathea (Ire)
                3rd Dam: El Jazirah (GB), by Kris (GB)
O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-William Buick.
€137,136. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 2yo Colt-Eur, Eng & Fr,
G1SW-Eng & Ire, 9-7-1-1, €1,031,896.

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