How does Pinatubo compare with Frankel?
Frankel, of course, retired in October, 2012, unbeaten in fourteen races, including ten at the highest, Group One level, as the highest-rated racehorse ever. However, Frankel raced just four times as a juvenile, culminating in a comfortable 2½-length victory over Roderic O’Connor in the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, for which he was awarded an official rating of 126. That was sufficient for him to end his juvenile campaign as the joint-top-rated two-year-old, alongside Dream Ahead.
By contrast, Pinatubo raced six times as a juvenile and remained unbeaten. His victories included an impressive 9-length win in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, for which he was awarded an official rating of 128, and a 2-length win in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on his final two outings. Consequently, Pinatubo ended his juvenile campaign with the highest official rating since the 130 awarded to Celtic Swing and fully 10lb ahead of the best of his contemporaries, namely Earthlight and Kamenko.
Of course, Frankel went on to prove himself a champion at three and four years, achieving an official rating of 136 in 2011 and 140 in 2012. Pinatubo enjoyed an exceptional juvenile campaign, in which he achieved more than even Frankel, but needs to improve by 8lb or more from two to three, and 4lb or more from three to four, if he is to emulate his illustrious predecessor. That is, by no means, beyond the realms of possibility, but it remains early days for the son of Shamardal.