Night of Thunder retired to stud
Last Updated: 17/08/15 9:43am
Night Of Thunder, who beat both Kingman and Australia in last year's Qipco 2000 Guineas, has been retired to stud.
The four-year-old ran out a half-length winner at Newmarket last spring, with no less than five subsequent Group One winners in behind - Kingman (second), Australia (third), Charm Spirit (fifth), Kingston Hill (eighth) and The Grey Gatsby (10th).
Trained by Richard Hannon, Night Of Thunder sported the Godolphin colours this year and won the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on his reappearance back in May.
He subsequently finished unplaced behind Solow in both the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and connections have decided the time is right to bring an end to his racing career.
Hannon told www.godolphin.com: "He was the perfect package. He had that fantastic blend of speed and determination.
"He was sharp enough to win his only two starts as a juvenile, yet he had the class and finishing power to beat one of the strongest Guineas fields of the past 20 years.
"Then he trained on at four and won the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, fighting off all challengers with tremendous courage.
"I look forward to seeing his first foals when they arrive. Being by Dubawi out of a Galileo mare, he has plenty going for him in his new role as a stallion. He is perfect for the job."
John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, added: "Night Of Thunder ticks every box as a potential stallion.
"He was a horse with a marvellous attitude and temperament, and some of his work at home was exceptional. His race record speaks for itself. It was absolutely brilliant."