THUNDER STRIKE was easy to back on his debut at Doncaster but was always travelling well and quickened nicely approaching the final furlong to score with the minimum of fuss. He should have more to offer and can get the better of the more experienced pair Split Rock and Smugglers Gold. Both have won on the all-weather but may find the Hannon colt has too much speed for them here.
Split Rock 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Justice Day (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd.
Thunder Strike 13-8fav (9-5) Prominent, travelling best from 2f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Doncaster 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf beating Musical Molly (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Smugglers Gold (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Outpaced towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 12, 8l behind Quatuor (8-7) at Chester 5f 2yo stks (2) gf.