Thunder set for Sandown
By Gallops Reporter
Last Updated: 01/07/14 12:22pm
Our Gallops Reporter has been to Lambourn to get all the latest on Guineas winner Night Of Thunder.Richard Hannon worked a posse of horses that are likely to be on duty at the Sandown Eclipse meeting over the weekend, a number that included NIGHT OF THUNDER.
The 2000 Guines winner has mixed it with Kingman in all three of his appearances this year, following that rival's shadow in the Greenham and St James's Palace Stakes but toppling him in the Newmarket Classic.
He tried to kick away from Kingman at Royal Ascot only to be scythed down by the latter's venomous finishing burst but nevertheless lost no caste in defeat, indicating that he would benefit from a step up to a mile and a quarter.
He worked with all his customary sparkle on the main all-weather and the exercise has told connections the Ascot race has taken little out of him.
BALTIC KNIGHT knocked on the door last time and looks sure to bag a decent handicap sometime during the summer.
His turn may come in the Coral Challenge on Saturday and he really pointed his toe and grabbed the ground in his latest bit of stronger work.
Hat-trick seeker RED REFRACTION may join him in the field and he's been moving like a much-improved individual.
POTENTATE is entered for a three-year-old handicap in which the stable is strongly represented.
His tail is now up following a snug victory at Chepstow that appears to have done his confidence the power of good.
MUTAWATHEA broke his maiden in good style last time and is another that after working well could head to Sandown.
SHAMSHON has displayed a lot of natural speed to suggest he can be a force in the Coral Charge. He moved powerfully up the main strip.
Several juveniles went through their paces, including MARSHALL JENNINGS who showed abundant promise when second on his debut and has gone forward.
FUWAIRT pleased in a three-quarter speed spin ahead of the Dragon Stakes and looks in good order for that Listed assignment.