Pinatubo aims for a return to victory in France


The foal Godolphin Pinatubo found one or two too good for him in this year’s campaign but hopes on Sunday to return to form which saw him unbeaten in six starts and crowned European youth champion.He finished third behind Kameko and Wichita in Group 1 2000 Guineas in Newmarket when he reappeared on June 6 and went down to Palace Pier in Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot two weeks later.

Pinatubo faces 10 rivals in Deauville, France and coach Charlie Appleby believes returning to seven-meter trip may achieve first win for the year, a trip in which he won his two Group 1 successes last year National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.

“We are delighted with Pinatubo’s participation in the Jean Prat Award,” said Appleby on the Godolphin website.

“He had two gallant performances over a mile, but the return to seven stages should be fine. We think he can see the mile, but he has just been overtaken twice this season.

“Hopefully it’s the right race for him to take the lead. We know that the distance is well within his comfort zone and this is his last opportunity to hire three-year-old children only at this level. It is in good condition and we will be disappointed if it does not win. ”

William Buick rides Shamardal foal and is joined by his team mate Well Of Wisdom (James Doyle), who returned to France after two good efforts in France last season, winning the Listed price and finishing second in Group 3 Darley Prix de Cabourg.

The foal Oasis Dream makes his debut in group 1 after winning the Meydan Classic Listed at Meydan in February and having obtained the best weight in a handicap of Sandown Park of seven inches, during his last departure on June 13.

Molatham carries the hopes of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid. The colt Night Of Thunder formed by Roger Varian under Jim Crowley enters the race with the victory in the Jersey Stakes of Group 3 last month at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien is in doubles with St James Palace Stakes sixth Arizona (Ryan Moore) and Lope Y Fernandez (Ioritz Mendizabal).

The local challenge is led by the duo of Andre Fabre Alson and Tropbeau, respectively third and fourth of the 2000 and 1000 French Guineas, and the winner of the Prix Texanita by Francis-Henri Graffard Wooded ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

Completing the peloton, Malotru by Marco Botti, Kinross by Ralph Beckett and Kenway by Frenchman Frédéric Rossi.

Meanwhile, Godolphin’s Earthlight made a late reappearance in the Kistena Prize listed at the same meeting.

The foal trained by Fabre was undefeated in five starts. He won the Group 1 Morny Prize on the track and the trip in his penultimate start, then lowered the course record by six meters at Newmarket in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes to end the 2019 season.

Godolphin’s Lisa-Jane Graffard said that Earthlight was in “excellent shape” according to her trainer.

“He crossed a very nice racetrack and it seems to have placed him mentally and physically in the area,” she said.

“In saying that, it is a relaxed horse with a stocky frame that has not run for 10 months. This race is the perfect place for him to start his season. “

Updated: July 11, 2020 10:55 a.m.


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