‘Thunder’ Eyeing Marois Return

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Thunder Snow | Scoop Dyga

Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}), who won the G1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March, is a possible starter in the Aug. 12 G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, trainer Saeed bin Suroor revealed on Godolphin’s website on Thursday. The 4-year-old, who won the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 in February in between runner-up performances in the Jan. 11 G2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 and the Mar. 10 Al Maktoum Challenge R3, also tasted Group 1 success at two and three, in the G1 Criterium International and the G1 Prix Jean Prat, respectively.

“We are planning to take Thunder Snow to the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, New York, at the end of September, but want to give him a race in Europe first,” said bin Suroor. “That could be the Prix Jacques le Marois. Thunder Snow is fine–he just needed a break. The ultimate target this year is the [Nov. 3 GI] Breeders’ Cup Classic [at Churchill Downs].”

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