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Talking Horses: Pinatubo rated best two-year-old for quarter of century

Pinatubo’s Curragh demolition has received official recognition as the finest performance by a juvenile since Celtic Swing

Pinatubo’s nine-length defeat of Armory in the Group One National Stakes at The Curragh last September has received official recognition as the finest performance by a two-year-old for a quarter of a century, as Charlie Appleby’s unbeaten colt was duly installed as 2019’s champion juvenile with a rating of 128, 2lb in front of the great Frankel at the same stage of his career.

Like Frankel, Pinatubo completed his two-year-old campaign with a win in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, but it was his earlier victories in both the National Stakes and the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, by a combined total of 14 lengths, which sealed his status as one of the best juveniles for decades. Arazi (1991) and Celtic Swing (1994) are the only juveniles to receive a higher mark than Pinatubo since the European classification was first compiled in 1988.

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