Godolphin's Pinatubo picks up in style to land Woodcote Stakes

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Godolphin’s Pinatubo put himself in the mix for an appearance at Royal Ascot when maintaining his unbeaten record in the Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes at Epsom.

Having made a winning debut at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, the Charlie Appleby-trained Shamardal colt backed that up in coming off a scorching pace set by Misty Grey to claim the six-furlong event.

Moving on inside the final furlong, the even-money favourite had more than enough in hand to keep the running-on Oh Purple Reign at bay by a length and a half.

Appleby said: “It was a pleasing performance. I said to James (Doyle) if you can hang on to their coat tails early doors I was confident he was going to come home strong.

“It was a little bit concerning when Mark’s (Johnston, Misty Grey) had gone off as quick as they had and got that extended lead, but once he came down the hill and James got him levelled out I was pretty confident he was going to do his best work towards the finish.

“As to whether he is a Coventry horse, let’s get him back and speak to Sheikh Mohammed, then let’s make a call on whether he joins the team. I wouldn’t rule it out, for sure.

“He is a horse that will take a bit of experience to the Coventry and a nice level of form to the table.”

Winner of a competitive handicap at York two weeks ago, Pinatubo led inside the final furlong and withstood the strong challenge of Marie’s Diamond by a neck.

Appleby added: “At this present time I am thinking about the Jersey at Royal Ascot. I don’t think we will be stepping him up in trip so the seven furlongs of the Jersey is probably the most logical thing to do at the moment.

“He’s a fun horse to have around – he travels and he’s got a gear change, which is nice to see.”

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Godolphin's Persian King takes on 14 in French Derby at Chantilly

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Godolphin’s Persian King will face 14 rivals when he bids to complete a Classic double in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Kingman colt claimed his fifth successive win with a comprehensive success in the French 2000 Guineas three weeks ago and will be a hot favourite to follow up and provide trainer Andre Fabre with a fifth victory in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Fabre also saddles Roman Candle and Slalom.

Aidan O’Brien fields three runners as he bids to claim the prize for the first time, with Ryan Moore partnering Epsom Blue Riband Trial winner Cape Of Good Hope, Donnacha O’Brien on Mohawk and Seamie Heffernan booked for Blenheim Palace.

The three British raiders are Andrew Balding’s impressive Fairway Stakes winner Raise You, the John Gosden-trained Kick On and Roger Varian’s Surfman, who was a promising third in the Dante Stakes at York on his latest outing.

Other contenders include Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Zarkava colt Zarkallani, who turns out just a week after opening his account at ParisLongchamp, and Freddy Head’s unbeaten charge Motamarris.

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Godolphin jockey William Buick set to undergo more tests following injury

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William Buick

Derby-winning jockey William Buick is set to see a consultant this week as he remains on the sidelines.

Buck, who was unshipped on the way to post from Sir Busker at Ascot on May 10, has been out of action since partnering the Charlie Appleby-trained two-year-old newcomer Expressionist to victory at the same track 24 hours later.

Buick missed his intended mounts in France the next day after reportedly feeling unwell.

The 30-year-old, who is retained by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, subsequently spent some time at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he underwent tests.

“We’ve no idea yet how long he’ll be out and obviously it’s been the Bank Holiday weekend,” said his agent George Baker.

“He’s got a date with his consultant this week some time and we should know more then.”

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