Is Pinatubo the next Frankel?

Godolphin’s Pinatubo is being hailed as the ‘new’ Frankel after a remarkable performance at the weekend.

The two-year-old colt, trained by Charlie Appleby, produced a scintillating display at the Curragh when winning the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes – winning by nine lengths for his fifth win of his debut campaign.

Appleby said: “He’s done nothing but improve with each run. He’s the best horse I’ve ever had as a two-year-old, there’s no doubt about it. He’s exciting and it’s great for the team.”

He added on plans: “I’ll have to discuss things with Sheikh Mohammed, but the way he’s won there I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t run in the Dewhurst (at Newmarket on October 12th).”

Bookmakers are not taking him on as he is already Evens to win next year’s 2,000 Guineas, a shorter price than the legend Frankel was at the same stage.

“The mighty Frankel won his penultimate start at two – the Royal Lodge Stakes – by ten lengths, one more than Pinatubo scored by at the Curragh on Sunday, and following that victory in 2010 we cut Henry Cecil’s star to 2-1 favourite (from 6-1) for the following season’s 2,000 Guineas,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

“By comparison, we made Pinatubo evens favourite for the colts’ Classic after his National Stakes win, so at this stage it’s fair to say we’ve been more impressed by the Godolphin colt.  Frankel went odds-on (4-5) for the Guineas after his Dewhurst victory, and should Pinatubo follow up at Newmarket next month, he would almost certainly head into winter quarters as another odds-on market leader,” added Stevens.

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