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Charlie Appleby expects Pinatubo to prove a tough nut to crack when he sets his unbeaten record on the line at the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh.
Even the Shamardal colt has been the star juvenile period of the season – winning each of their four starts, such as displays in the Classic at Glorious Goodwood and the Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The form of the race particularly could barely be working out with all the placed horses – Favorable and Lope Y Fernandez – equally winning at degree that is Pattern since.
Pinatubo tests the water using Appleby bid for successes in the race following Quorto’s success 12 weeks past, in Group One level for the first time Sunday.
“It looks a great race, but that’s what you expect when you step up to Group One degree,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“Our horse is in good order. He looks well, and his form is currently working out nicely.
“He is not doing anything different to what he was doing before in the summer. He seems to make his A-game in the afternoons, although he is not a workhorse.
“It is his first start at Group One level. But his preparation has gone , and I presume he is the one they have got to beat.”
Aidan O’Brien has already saddled 11 winners of the National Stakes – and also a assault is fired by this season.
The chief rival of the Ballydoyle handler seems to be Armory, who claimed his third win from four starts in the Futurity Stakes within this course and distance last month.
Armory is linked with Arizona – winner of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and then fourth in the Prix Morny – well as Toronto and outsiders Iberia, together with O’Brien keen to Give competition for Pinatubo.
He said:”Armory is in great form. Nobody wants to see races – they all want to find the good horses clash.
“You win some and lose weight. You learn in case you have to enhance or if you’re good enough”
Roman Turbo out of Mick Halford’s yard along with jim Bolger’s Geometrical, both the Mark Johnston-trained Monoski are another hopefuls.
The fillies receive their opportunity to shine with the Albigna the celebrity appeal of Jessica Harrington, in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
The girl of Zoffany was kept fresh with this Group One mission because following up her maiden success in this track with victory in the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the end of June.
“She’s all set for it, and you’d expect the step around seven furlongs will suit ,” said Harrington.
“She’s not run for a while. I hope she is the one to beat but you never know, because there are just only one or 2 in there who have won maidens.
“We’ll wait and see what happens daily.”
The biggest threat of albigna Seems to be 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 am hopeful of her remaining that the seven furlongs and quite happy with her condition,” Varian told irishchampionsweekend.ie.
“The Curragh should be no issue, but we must find out about the seven furlongs – also it is a stiff seven furlongs there.
“That said, she is a similar sort of filly into Cursory Glance, who obtained the Moyglare to us in 2014, having also won the Albany.
“She boasts some of the most effective juvenile filly type and contains strong credentials from the raceeven if it is almost always a popular race at the Curragh.”
James Tate’s Under The Stars is just another contender that is British-trained – although Aidan O’Brien runs Thus Awesome, Precious Moments, Love and Tango.
The Ger Lyons-trained Soul Hunt and Bolger’s unraced filly Assurance finish the nine-strong field.
The first of four Group Ones to a Wonderful afternoon is the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes.
The favourite for its five-furlong dash is Eddie Lynam’s Soffia, making her first appearance in July since a dazzling display in the Sapphire Stakes.
Lynam is happy connections of Nunthorpe enthusiast Battaash decided against a trip to Ireland, but is currently taking nothing for granted.
He explained:”This has been the plan, and it surely helps we do not have to take on Battaash. That said, the second (Soldier’s Phone ), third (So Perfect) and fourth (Mabs Cross) in the Nunthorpe are there.
“It is definitely going to be tough, but I would be very satisfied with her.”
Michael Dods is currently hoping Mabs Cross can get back on the trail, having finished behind Battaash on her final three starts.
“We had already decided we’re moving into the Curragh before news came out that Battaash was going straight to France for the Abbaye, but clearly I am very happy Battaash is not likely to turn up,” said the Darlington-based trainer.
“I believe the track will satisfy , and we want a great rate to aim at.
“The Irish sprinters do look stronger over six furlongs – but it’s still a Group One race, and they require a little winning. We’re happy with her anyway.
“We don’t require soft earth. It was quite speedy floor for your Nunthorpe – I only hope it is not that fast.”
Martyn Meade’s Houtzen and mick Appleby’s Caspian Prince, the Invincible Army of James Tate, Karl Burke’s True Mason additionally signify Britain.
The latter – trained in Australia – made her new coach when second to Battaash an encouraging start at Goodwood.
“Clearly she has had to adapt to another training routine over here,” said Meade.
“In Australia they train them in the track, but she’s actually probably well-suited to the way we train . She’s not really a sprinter – she is pretty disgusting.
“Her conduct at Goodwood was superb. I believe that the floor and track will probably be fine for her in the Curragh, and she’ll then likely visit the Prix de l’Abbaye.”

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