Kentucky Derby Update
There has been a lot of action this weekend in the lead up to the Kentucky Derby.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has elected to run Thunder Snow (Helmet) in the Kentucky Derby. Thunder Snow has had a sensational career, he was an impressive winner of the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in October; won UAE 2,000 Guineas in good style back from a break in February; completed the hat-trick in Group 2 UAE Derby the following month; he has proven to be effective at 7f-1m and can handle fast and soft ground. The one and a quarter miles of the Kentucky Derby will be his test.
For trainer Bin Suroor this will be his seventh starter in the Kentucky Derby. He has not had a lot of success in the race so far, the closest he came was when China Visit finished sixth behind Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Saeed has long felt Thunder Snow would be suitable for the challenge of America’s famous ‘Run For The Roses.’
For the owner Godolphin the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Frosted has given the stable its’s best perfomance, a fourth behind eventual the champion Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015.
Bin Suroor has had an exceptional couple of years, he like Thunder Snow is in exceptional form and I am sure that the Kentucky Derby is a trophy the Godolphin stable would love to have on the mantelpiece.
I did see this horse win in Dubai, he has an impressive style and is a real chance in the race.
Thunder Snow has won quality races in 3 countries, the Jockey Christophe Soumillon has not had great success in the USA and nothing of note on the Dirt, he is however one of the World’s best International Jockey’s and should give Thunder Snow every chance in the race.