Charlie Appleby expects Pinatubo to prove a tough nut to crack when he puts his unbeaten record at stake at the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh.
The Shamardal colt has become the star juvenile season of the season – winning all the four starts, including magnificent displays in the Vintage at Glorious Goodwood and the Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The form of the latter race particularly could be working out better, with all the horses – Lope Y Fernandez and Favorable – both winning at Pattern level since.
Pinatubo checks the water using Appleby bid for successes 12 weeks ago.
“It seems a fantastic race, but that is what you expect when you step up to Group One level,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“Our horse is in great order. He seems well, and his form is working out well.
“He’s not doing something different to what he was doing earlier in the summertime. He appears to make his A-game in the afternoons, although he is not a workhorse that is fantastic.
“It is his first start in Group One level. But his groundwork has gone , and I presume he is the one they have got to beat.”
Aidan O’Brien has saddled 11 winners of the National Stakes – and also a assault is fired by this season.
The chief rival of the Ballydoyle handler appears to be Armory, who claimed his third win over the course and distance last month.
Armory is joined by Arizona – champion of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and fourth in the Prix Morny at Deauville – also as Toronto and outsiders Iberia, with O’Brien eager to provide competition.
He said:”Armory is in great form. Nobody would like to see races they all would like to observe the horses battle that is good.
“You win some and lose weight. You understand if you have to improve or if you’re good enough”
Jim Bolger’s Geometrical and Roman Turbo out of the lawn of Mick Halford are another hopefuls.
The two-year-old fillies get their opportunity to shine together with the Albigna the star attraction of Jessica Harrington, in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Zoffany’s daughter was kept refreshing for this Group One mission since after up her success in this track with success in the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the end of June.
“She is all set for it, and you’d expect the step around seven furlongs will match her,” said Harrington.
“She is not conduct for a short time. I hope she is the only one to beat – but you never know, because there are 2 or one in there who have won maidens.
“We will wait and see what happens on the day.”
The biggest danger of albigna appears to function as Roger Varian raider Daahyeh – winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot prior to being touched away by Raffle Prize at the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
“I’m hopeful of her staying that the seven furlongs and really happy with her condition,” Varian informed irishchampionsweekend.ie.
“The Curragh should not be a issue, but we have to discover about the seven furlongs – and it is a stiff seven furlongs there.
“That said, she is a similar kind of filly into Cursory Glance, that obtained the Moyglare for us in 2014, with also won the Albany.
“She has some of the greatest juvenile filly type and has strong credentials in the race, even supposing it’s always a hot race in the Curragh.”
James Tate’s Under The Stars is just another British-trained competition – although Aidan O’Brien runs So Awesome, Precious Moments, Love and Tango.
The Ger Lyons-trained Soul Search and Bolger’s unraced filly Assurance complete the field.
The very first of four Group Ones to a Wonderful afternoon is the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes.
The favourite for its sprint is Eddie Lynam’s Soffia, who makes her first appearance in July here since a display in the Sapphire Stakes.
Lynam is pleased connections of Nunthorpe enthusiast Battaash decided against a trip but is currently taking nothing for granted.
He said:”This has been the plan, and it certainly helps we do not have to take on Battaash. Nevertheless, the second (Soldier’s Call), third (So Perfect) and fourth (Mabs Cross) in the Nunthorpe are still not there.
“It is going to be hard, but I’d be quite pleased with her”
Michael Dods is expecting Mabs Cross can get back on the course, having finished behind Battaash.
“We’d already decided we were moving to the Curragh prior news came out that Battaash was heading straight to France for the Abbaye, but obviously I’m quite happy Battaash is not likely to turn up,” stated the Darlington-based trainer.
“I believe that the track will match her, and we want a great pace to target at.
“The sprinters do look stronger over six furlongs – however it is still a Group One race, and they take a bit of winning. We’re pleased with her anyhow.
“We don’t need soft earth. It was very quick floor for your Nunthorpe – I only hope it’s not that fast.”
Martyn Meade’s Houtzen along with mick Appleby’s Caspian Prince, the Invincible Army of James Tate, Karl Burke’s True Mason represent Britain.
The latter – previously trained in Australia – made an encouraging beginning to get her trainer when next to Battaash at Goodwood.
“Clearly she has had to adapt to a different training pattern ,” said Meade.
“In Australia they instruct them in the trail, but she is actually likely well-suited to the way we train here. She is not really a sprinter – she.
“Her run at Goodwood was outstanding. I think the floor and monitor will be OK for her at the Curragh, and she will then likely go to the Prix de l’Abbaye.”

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