Godolphin Excited Ahead Of Pinatubo In The Dewhurst


Godolphin are set to unleash superstar two year old Pinatubo for the final time this season in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket at the weekend and they are very excited off the back off the latest success from his Sire Shamardal's other exploits.

The two year old last time out gave the performance of his career landing his first Group One of his career in the National Stakes at the Curragh beating a superb field of youngsters by close to 10 lengths, which saw the colt get a rating of 128 two pounds higher than the might Frankel at that age.

Charlie Appleby has described Pinatubo as "the best two-year-old I've trained" and it is clear to see why the team are looking forward to seeing him one last time before the end of the season with him being a 1/3 odds on shot to take his second Group One of the season.

He will be facing many rivals he has seen off this season in his five race unbeaten streak but after Coolmore supplemented Wichita on Monday it has made his task slightly harder with Aidan O'Brien's youngster landing a nice Group Three last time out and he looks very progressive.

Godolphin have had a stellar season again but this time more noticeably for their two year olds with not only Pinatubo being superb but other strong colts from the owners that have arose this season are Earthlight and Victor Ludorum.

Earthlight similar to Pinatubo us unbeaten in all five of his starts but after his win last time out on his British debut he now has two Group Ones to his name with the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and Prix Morny at Deauville.

Victor Ludorum from the same stable under Andre Fabre is another bright spark for Godolphin racing three times so far and again not seeing a horse pass him.

He was outstanding last time out stepping up for his first crack at a black type contest in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and he cored nicely in testing conditions showing his versatility.

Godolphin have the ammunition to have another serious Group One winning campaign next season with these soon to be three year olds and they have the Sire Shamardal to thank for all of them.

(Credit Racing Post) Godolphin's managing director Hugh Anderson said: "Shamardal has had an extraordinary season so far. 

"Blue Point's Royal Ascot successes were remarkable and of course Castle Lady took the French 1,000 Guineas, too. But surely his greatest achievement has been to have sired two-year-olds of the quality of Pinatubo, Earthlight and Victor Ludorum.

"We look forward to the Dewhurst and then 2020 with great relish and optimism."