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Pinatubo Wins French Gr1

Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Last season’s Champion 2YO Pinatubo (Shamardal-Lava Flow, by Dalakhani) regained his winning form in the Gr1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat, reports racingpost.com. "As always, Sheikh Mohammed gave so much confidence to me and the team," said trainer Charlie Appleby. "When you get beat in a Guineas and then just chinned in a St James’s Palace, it can be hard to take. I spoke to him ten days ago and told him how well the horse was and he said to me, 'If you're happy, go again.' Thankfully we've managed to deliver the right result this time." When asked about the next step for Pinatubo, Appleby said, “I would say the Sussex is very unlikely. He's had two weeks from the Guineas to Ascot and three weeks from Ascot to here so I think he deserves a little bit of a break now. We'll look at the autumn and whether we'll come back here for the Moulin or stick at seven furlongs in the Foret, we'll see.” Appleby emphasised, “The main thing is he got the job done, which has sealed his 3YO campaign." Pinatubo has won seven of his nine starts, and was unbeaten in six starts as a 2YO including wins in the Gr1 Curragh National Stakes and Gr1 Newmarket Dewhurst Stakes.

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