Pinatubo prepares for St James’s Palace after losing undefeated record in Guinea | Horse racing news


Last year’s youth champion Pinatubo is ready for a second one-mile crack this month with Charlie Appleby eyeing the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot after his stable star suffered his first defeat in Qipco 2,000 Guineas.Pinatubo had won comparisons with the great Frankel after a dazzling two-year campaign, but failed to follow in the footsteps of the scintillating Guinean hero 2011 when he was just over a third of the winner Kameko.

Frankel, who was rated 2 lbs lighter than Pinatubo at the end of his two-year term, was even better at three years old than he was as a miner and it could be that Pinatubo was at its peak in 2019 , but it might be wise not to delete it right away.

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Many wise men say that the 2,000 Guineas are the last two-year race of the season because they arrive so early in the year and it may be that a mild winter and the additional month of delay in the organization of the Classic this year allowed his rivals to catch up physically and mentally.

Appleby seemed to have his best chance of landing his first Newmarket Classic before the race, but is inclined to give Pinatubo a second chance on the less demanding trip to Ascot.

Kameko (far) lands Qipco 2000 Guineas from Wichita (near) and Pinatubo (blue silks)
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He said, “Pinatubo traveled well in the race when he had Frankie’s horse [Wichita] as a target, but when he took his step, he approached their straps and simply did not advance further. Obviously, I am disappointed because it is the first time that he is beaten but at least he did not fall in the back of the TV.

“He had a normal hit afterwards. The first impression would be to take him to the St James’s Palace Stakes but we’ll talk about relationships when we take him home. If he’s well, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to return him. “For Ascot, because it’s a meeting everyone loves and I hope the owners can go. ”

Appleby added: “On second thought, he might have performed decently against two good foals in what appeared to be a strong guinea and it was nice to see the military march of Saeed’s horse finish fourth and make a good try for the Derby. “

Pinatubo drifted to a 6-4 favorite (5-4) with William Hill for the St James’s Palace Stakes on June 20.

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