Appleby 'privileged' to train budding European star Pinatubo

September 19, 2019 02:56pm
A few days may have passed since the running of the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, but for trainer Charlie Appleby, the result still is very fresh in his mind.

Appleby saddled Godolphin’s talented juvenile colt Pinatubo, who rocketed to a nine-length victory in the seven-furlong contest at the Curragh on Sunday. The 2-year-old colt by Shamardal remains undefeated in five starts.

In an interview Thursday with Racing TV Appleby said, “There has obviously been a lot of talk about it since Sunday, but thankfully the horse doesn’t read the papers!

“It’s up to other people to analyze his performance and compare him to other horses. From my point of view, I just feel very privileged to be able to train a horse like him.

“As I’ve said all year, he’s not a horse who would catch your eye at home. He just eats, sleeps and drinks and goes about his business.”


As for what’s next for Pinatubo, Appleby remained non-committal.

“I spoke to His Highness (owner Sheikh Mohammed) straight after the race, and we both agreed we’d leave it a week or 10 days before we firmed up any decisions and give him chance to get back into his usual routine.

“We’ll make a final decision in the middle of next week. He’s had five runs, and he’s a Group 1 winner, so there is no pressure to run him again this year.”

These same connections won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf with Line of Duty. A similar trip stateside for Pinatubo -- whose performance has been likened to anything from Frankel to Arazi -- hasn't yet been mentioned as a possibility.

 

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