Charlie Appleby has his sights set on a Success in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, since he prepares the Pinatubo for the Group One showpiece at the Curragh on Sunday week.
The Shamardal colt has ever been a impressive performance in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and most recently one of the stars from the juvenile division, winning all four of his starts to date.
Appleby struck 12 weeks back with Quorto – that a son of Dubawi, who himself won the race for Godolphin.
The Newmarket trainer told irishchampionsweekend.ie:”We are on track, all is well with Pinatubo and this race has ever been our aim.
“He has been pleasing us in the home and really the only issue might be if the floor were really testing, but he managed conditions good at Goodwood and that he must be all systems go to the Curragh.
“He has the ideal profile to currently be moving into Group One company and, four , of course he is exciting. He’s spot on temperamentally plus it was fine to win the race. We won it last year with Quorto and (Godolphin) had last won the race with his daddy Dubawi.”
Opposition into the runner could include Ger Lyons’ Siskin, that had been last seen last month, winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Appleby added:”This really is going to be a race with at least two exciting colts as Ger Lyons’ Siskin has looked great and he will most likely be more happy on an adequate surface even though he won on testing ground last moment.
“It was fantastic to win this race this past year and I’m really excited about it, with Pinatubo ideally on course to the Dewhurst in Newmarket after it.”