By Duane Fonsecà
Godolphin star Pinatubo justified his favourites billing in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes by annihilating the rest of the field to win the Group One contest by an incredible nine lengths at the Curragh on Sunday.
The 2yo Shamardal colt, trained by Charlie Appleby, picked up his fifth consecutive career win which kept his unbeaten run intact. Pinatubo cruised under William Buick and took the lead three furlongs out and after Buick cut him loose with a furlong and half left to run he burst forward with superior acceleration to win by nine lengths from Armory, who failed to land trainer Aidan O'Brien and rider Ryan Moore a third straight top tier success on the card. Armory's stablemate Arizona was third a neck behind under Donnacha O'Brien.
Godolphin won last year's edition of the race with Quorto.