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Tuesday 31st March 2020
The Return of Pinatubo

The flat season should now be fast approaching, as we see the end of the national hunt season, following another successful Cheltenham Festival. However, the Grand National was cancelled but there will still be one taking place, with punters already looking at Virtual Grand National . This is likely to be very popular with no other sport on offer. Now the opening fixtures of the flat season would appear set to follow suit in cancellations. This is of course due to the continued rise of the Coronavirus pandemic. The virus is leading to world-wide restrictions on movements and has led to endless events being cancelled. This includes the previously mentioned Grand National, with the European Championships and the Olympic games, also now being postponed until next year.

The opening period of the flat season is usually all about the Guineas festival at Newmarket racecourse at the start of May. However, this would also appear to be seriously in doubt, with the crises increasing and further restrictions being put in place. This also includes them recently stating that these restrictions could be in place for another six months. If the festival does go ahead, then it will focus around the 2000 Guineas on Saturday and the return of the Charlie Appleby trained Pinatubo.

The three year old is owned for Godolphin and is without a doubt the most exciting young horse in training. This is due to the fact that the horse was rated the highest European juvenile since 1994, which means an even higher rating than the great Frankel. Pinatubo now has a rating of 128, with Frankel given 126 at the same time of his career. However, the latter went on to progress to a rating of 140, so Pinatubo has a huge amount of improvement to do, in order to reach these lofty feats. The two highest ratings coming in at 130, from Celtic Swing in 1994 and Arazi in 1991.

Pinatubo achieved this rating following a nine length victory in the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National stakes at the Curragh. On top of this, the horse has now won all of his six starts on the track, that includes an impressive two length victory in the Dewhurst stakes. This was at the end of a long season, so he clearly didn’t show his best but was still much too good.

On ratings Pinatubo is 10lb clear of any other horse in the division, with his nearest rivals being Earthlight and Kameko. This gives an indication of just how impressive he has been and if he can continue this, then we could just have another legend of the sport on our hands. It truly is an exciting period ahead and let’s hope he can return to the track sooner than later.

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