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Winter The Great Leveller Again
The expression, That was then, this is now, is especially applicable to the racing industry insofar as the graduation of 2YO form to 3YO form. Akthough it doesn’t necessarily translate to leading juveniles surrendering their superiority or becoming also rans, it recognises that over the long winter break slower maturing types often achieve catch-up. That appeared to be the case again over the weekend when undefeated Godolphin Champion 2YO colt Pinatubo ran another cracking race in his fist start as a 3YO but had to settle for third in the Gr1 2,000 Guineas (8 furlongs) behind Kameko and Wichita (see below). The outcome adds plenty of interest to the European 3YO season, and leaves some interesting questions surrounding Pinatubo: is 7 furlongs his limit, was 8 furlongs first-up too much at this stage, or did he just need the run? What is certain is that class endures and it’s way too early for supporters to abandon Pinatubo.