Viral infection halts Pinatubo’s southern hemisphere season for 2021

Darley Australia advised on Friday that on vets’ advice Pinatubo will not travel to Australia for the upcoming breeding season due to a viral eye infection which has not cleared prior to his expected departure.

“It is extremely disappointing for our clients and the team at Darley, however we must first and foremost consider what is best for the horse and the overwhelming conclusion, and based on vets’ advice, was for Pinatubo to remain at Dalham Hall Stud where they are able to manage his treatment and get him right for next season,” said Godolphin Australia’s Managing Director, Vin Cox. 

“We thank our clients for their support of this horse since his announcement. The legacy Shamardal is leaving through the likes of proven sire sons such as Lope de Vega is incredible and we are fortunate to be able to offer two sons who, like Pinatubo, were champion racehorses in their own right, on our roster this season in Blue Point and Earthlight.

“Just because Pinatubo is unable to make the journey this season certainly does not rule him out for next season and we look forward to him joining our roster in 2022,” Cox concluded.

Pinatubo, a three time Group 1 winner, was due to stand at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley for a fee of $44,000, including GST.