If Godolphins brilliant youngster ends to cement his place as Europes champion two-year-old with victory number six at Newmarket on Saturday, all eyes will be on Pinatubo.
Even the Shamardal colt has taken all before him his five races and has been getting better and better.
While his triumph in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Oaks day declared down him as quite promising, Pinatubo has developed into one of their Greatest two-year-olds in recent memory, together with impressive performances to shoot the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, Goodwoods Vintage Stakes and the National Stakes at the Curragh.
That triumph, by nine lengths, will not be forgotten in a hurry. The handicapper was impressed and gave him a score of 128 – 2lb higher than Frankel as a juvenile and the highest because Celtic Swing in 1994.
At Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, where he is stabled, he is not hard to forget, as coach Charlie Appleby clarified.
At home hes been a pleasure to be around, said Appleby.
Hes one of the horses that you wouldnt notice from the series and that is most likely why he has been doing what hes been performing, as he takes zero out of himself in the home.
Happily he ends with his A-game on raceday.
Positive was defeated five lengths by Pinatubo in Goodwood – however his trainer Clive Cox believes his colt could get after his victory in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.
He said:Positive has done very well because he won the Solario. He impressed us when coming up from Pinatubo on his run and had a proper race that afternoon.
Like everyone else I have been really shot with Pinatubo, there is no disputing his caliber, but I am optimistic that Positive can show the essential advancement to close the difference for him.
We have experienced a summer time, so my view may be based more in theory than reality, but I would like to believe that Positive would probably be at home on the kind of simpler ground hes likely to strike on Saturday.
The Dewhurst is really a standard race which points ahead to the next years Classic contenders and, while I love it is a popular contest again this season, Im very happy that I have a colt good enough to maintain the line-up.
My two preceding runners have been put (Kodi Bear was next in 2014 and Xtension third in 2009) and Positive is a nice horse whos still in an upward curve.
Aidan OBrien fields four of the nine runners looking for a Dewhurst triumph.
His group includes Coventry Stakes winner Arizona, who was third to Pinatubo in the National Stakes, while Monarch Of Egypt bids to bounce back after a disappointing run in the Middle Park Stakes acquired by Godolphins Earthlight.
The bracket Wichita of ryan Moore has been a winner of the Tattersalls Stakes within the course and distance which led to him being filmed.
Year Of The Tiger, fourth at the Royal Lodge Stakes, completes the the Ballydoyle celebration.
The Charlie Hills-trained Royal Commando and Mark Johnstons Iffraaz make up the two runners.