EQUINE GODOLPHIN STARS Pinatubo and Ghaiyyath both received honours at the 2020 Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (ITBA) National Breeding & Racing Awards, which were distributed via an online ceremony last Saturday evening. Pinatubo, crowned leading ITBA 2yo Colt in 2019, was named the top ITBA 3yo Colt following another superb campaign that saw the homebred son of Shamardal win or place at Group One level on all four of his starts.
After finishing third in the 2000 Guineas, Pinatubo chased home Palace Pier in the St James’s Palace Stakes before posting the third Group One victory of his career with a scintillating display in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in August. He also showed his trademark electric turn of foot on his final appearance with a fast closing second to Persian King in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Jimmy Hyland of Godolphin said: “I would like to say a special thank you to the ITBA team and the sponsors, in particular Stephen Collins and his team at Sheikh Hamdan’s Derrinstown Stud for sponsoring this award for Pinatubo. We are both very grateful and appreciative. “On behalf of HH Sheikh Mohammed and all the team at Godolphin, we are delighted to accept this award for Pinatubo.
“Every breeder, no matter how big or small, dreams of breeding a horse like Pinatubo. When it comes to fruition and he ends up becoming a champion, and obviously a very good one at that, it’s particularly satisfying for all the team and we are delighted to be part of that. It’s a great achievement for him. “Shamardal, who we sadly lost last year, has left a great legacy for us.
Not just Pinatubo but also Earthlight and Blue Point, while another of his son’s, Victor Ludorum, the French 2000 Guineas winner last year, stays in training. So, we have a lot to look forward to. “We are very grateful to be receiving this award for Pinatubo and for him to be recognised as the top 3yo.”
Ghaiyyath, who ended 2020 as the highest rated horse in the world, collected the ITBA prize for Older Horse. The Dubawi entire gained an outstanding Group One treble last year with dominant victories in the Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes and Juddmonte International.
2020 ITBA awardwinners winners include
2yo Filly of the Year: Aunt Pearl
2yo Colt of the Year: Supremacy
3yo Filly of the Year: Love
3yo Colt of the Year: Pinatubo
Older Horse of the Year: Ghaiyyath
Hall of Fame 2020: Irish National Stud