Thunder Snow Wins Group 1 in Chantilly, France
Thunder Snow made all to win the G1 Prix Jean Prat much more comfortably than the length and a quarter verdict suggests at Chantilly, France, on Sunday, July 9.
The three-year-old son of Helmet went to the front from the start under regular rider Christophe Soumillon and was always going well in the mile race on good turf.
The Godolphin colt was asked to keep picking up the pace in the straight and stormed clear of his opponents inside the final furlong.
Thunder Snow was eased down close home to overcome his main rival, the previously unbeaten Trais Fluors, who came with a late flourish without threatening, in 1m 38.78s.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Thunder Snow has done very well today and won the race easily.
“He handled the going fine and the jockey gave him a good ride all the way.
“This was his second G1 victory in France (from two starts there) and he has also won two Classics in Dubai.
“We will keep the options open about his next target as he prefers some give in the ground. He could go back up in trip at York (for the G1 Juddmonte Stakes, August 23, 1m 2f) or we may keep him for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Ascot, October 21, 1m).”
Christophe Soumillon added: “The race went well. Thunder Snow was able to go ahead and relaxed in front. When I asked him to accelerate, he was very professional and had all the answers.”
About Thunder Snow
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; good effort when third behind Barney Roy in Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot; effective at 7f-1m; acts on fast and soft ground.