Thunder Snow Will Face Churchill In Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas

by | 05.23.2017 | 1:57pm
Thunder Snow bucking and leaping after the start of the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is set to saddle Thunder Snow in Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh with the UAE 2,000 Guineas and UAE Derby winner being bin Suroor's first runner in Ireland's opening Classic since he won the race with Dubawi in 2005.

Godolphin's Thunder Snow has not raced since the bizarre incident in the United States' Kentucky Derby on May 6, when he came out of the starting gate bucking under jockey Christophe Soumillon. He had to be corralled by an outrider, but a veterinary exam determined that the colt had suffered no injury during his rodeo-like antics.

Thunder Snow is one of nine entries left in the Irish 2,000 Guineas which is headed by English 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill as Aidan O'Brien attempts to do the Guineas double in both Ireland and England which he recently completed with Gleneagles in 2015. O'Brien has also left in Lancaster Bomber, Orderofthegarter, Pipes Of Peace, Spirit Of Valor and War Decree.

Mick Halford and Ger Lyons will both go in search of a first Irish Classic winner with Mick Halford's unbeaten Irishcorrespondent aiming to maintain his winning sequence after winning at the Curragh earlier this month, while Lyons has left in two-time winner Glastonbury Song.

Newmarket 1,000 Guineas heroine Winter and her stable companion Rhododendron are among a possible field of 13 for Sunday's Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, in which their trainer Aidan O'Brien is responsible for eight of the potential runners.

Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately is on course to line up for Joseph O'Brien, while Mick Halford is again represented here by impressive Naas winner Rehana. Dermot Weld will go in search of a first Irish 1,000 Guineas victory since 2010 if two-time winner Making Light makes her seasonal debut at the Curragh on Sunday.

Derrinstown 1,000 Guineas Trial winner Bean Feasa, a daughter of Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Dubawi, is set to take her place in the line up for trainer Jim Bolger and Kevin Prendergast's Curragh maiden winner Aneen add's to an intriguing looking field for Sunday's feature race.

The high class Tattersalls Gold Cup also takes place on Sunday with O'Brien set to aim top class mare Minding for an eighth Group 1 success. A field of 12 have stood their ground for the prestigious Group 1 contest including Ken Condon's stable star Success Days, Jim Bolger's Moonlight Magic and Roger Charlton's Decorated Knight is also an intended runner. O'Brien has also left in Breeders' Cup winner Highland Reel.

Last year's winner Mobsta is set to return for Saturday's Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes where he could feature in a fascinating clash with top class filly Acapulco, who made a winning start in Ireland at the Curragh a fortnight ago.

Godolphin are likely to be well represented in the Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes, won last year by Caravaggio, as trainer Charlie Appleby has entered Aqabah, Gold Town and Sound And Silence for the Listed contest with Ken Condon's Romanised, Aidan O'Brien's Delarationofpeace and Jessica Harrington's Brother Bear notable Irish entries, while on Sunday, recent Gowran Park winner Red Label heads the field for the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes.

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