Thunder Snow Shows his Versatility
Thunder Snow, the horse that caught the world attention at the Kentucky Derby with an unusual performance at the starting gate has proven just how versatile he is, from Dirt to Turf Thunder Snow is a champion performer.
Thunder Snow bounced back to form with a good second on his return to turf in the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas over a mile at the Curragh, Ireland, on Saturday, May 27.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt, broke smartly and soon settled in second of the six runners behind Lancaster Bomber.
Thunder Snow cruised up under Christophe Soumillon to briefly take the lead just inside the final quarter mile before being headed by Churchill shortly after.
He rallied in the closing stages to go down by two and a half lengths to Churchill, who won in 1m 40.46s on rain-softened ground, with a further four and a half lengths back to third home Irishcorrespondent.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Thunder Snow ran very well. He did everything right during the race and was beaten by a better horse on the day.
“We will keep the options open for him, including the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.”
Fourth foal; half-brother to winners Ihtimal (7f-9.5f including 2yo Group 2/UAE AW Group 3; RPR 113), Always Smile (6f-1m, including at 2/AW; 114) and First Victory (7f 2yo including Group 3; 105); dam 1m1f winner, half-sister to French Oaks winner West Wind out of 1m2f Group 2 winner; ready debut win in Leicester maiden in May 2016 before sixth in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot; better when second in Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in July and filled the same spot in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September; fourth in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes before 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; next seen in the Kentucky Derby, but played no part after becoming unrideable soon after leaving the stalls; effective at 7f-1m; acts on fast and soft ground.