Well, what a year it's been for Godolphin's Pinatubo.
Little was known about the colt as he was sent off a 3/1 second favourite at Wolves back in May but since then his five race career has been simply breathtaking. He won cosily by 3¼ lengths then headed to Epsom for the Class 2 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes.
Sent off an EVS shot, he was expected to run a solid race but this was probably where we first saw that this horse could have an incredible amount of potential. Winner by 1½ lengths to Oh Purple Reign, the victory never ever looked in doubt.
Royal Ascot was the next port of call for the Sharmardal colt and he once again progressed to claim his first Listed win by bolting up in the Chesham Stakes. It really was a performance to just watch and admire.
He then had to wait till the end of July for his first Group success. Sent off a 6/4 favourite for the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, his now trademark turn of foot was put into good use to stretch away from the rest of the field to win by five lengths. By now, we knew this horse was special, very very very special.
His latest and most impressive victory came in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at The Curragh. Buick pressed the go button on him three furlongs out and go is exactly what he did bolting up by NINE lengths to claim his first Group 1 success.
The performance has led to serious comparisons between him and the legendary Frankel and it's easy to see why. If he improves as a three year-old, there's no doubt that he will potentially go down as the greatest flat horse we have ever witnessed.