Pinatubo got back on the winning trail with a stylish victory in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat, while Earthlight maintained his unbeaten record in the Qatar Prix Kistena at Deauville.

Charlie Appleby's stable star Pinatubo was crowned last season's champion two-year-old after an unbeaten six-race campaign - and was unsurprisingly all the rage for last month's 2000 Guineas. 

However, the Shamardal colt could finish only third in the Rowley Mile Classic and suffered another defeat at Royal Ascot - filling the runner-up spot behind Palace Pier in the St James's Palace Stakes. 

Dropped to seven furlongs for what appeared a gilt-edged opportunity to add a Group One as a three-year-old to his CV, Pinatubo was the 1-2 favourite in the hands of William Buick - but odds-on backers were made to sweat before eventually collecting their winnings. 

While always travelling strongly, Pinatubo found himself stuck in a pocket for the first half of the race as he tracked Molatham. 

However, once the gap came, the Godolphin-owned colt quickly moved through the gears to grab the lead and ultimately won with something to spare. 

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Lope Y Fernandez was a clear second, three-quarters of a length back, with Marco Botti's Malotru edging Wooded for third.

Earthlight (pictured above) meanwhile maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive return to action in the Qatar Prix Kistena. 

Andre Fabre's colt was one of the star juveniles in Europe last season - winning each of his five starts, including Group One triumphs in the Prix Morny over this course and distance and the Middle Park at Newmarket. 

The coronavirus pandemic, followed by a minor setback, has delayed his three-year-old debut - and with fellow Godolphin-owned colt Pinatubo running in the Prix Jean Prat later in the afternoon, Earthlight instead ran in Listed company on the undercard. 

Ridden by Mickael Barzalona, 3-10 favourite Earthlight was always travelling powerfully - and the result was scarcely ever in doubt. 

Once given his head, the son of Shamardal comfortably grabbed the lead before kicking clear in dominant style. Wanaway (25-1) was best of the rest two and a half lengths away in second. 

Fabre said: "It was a good performance. He travelled nicely and showed good speed, so I'm happy. 

"We have two options - we either go for the Prix Maurice de Gheest or we step up in distance. We will discuss it with Sheikh Mohammed and see where he wants to go."