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Thunder Snow again boosts Victorian stallions

Son of former Victorian sire Helmet, Thunder Snow wins the 2019 Dubai World Cup at Meydan (Breednet).

The son of former Darley’s Victorian based stallion Helmet, Thunder Snow made history at Meydan on Saturday, winning the Dubai World Cup for the second consecutive time having successfully claimed the 2000 metre feature in the hands of Belgian superstar jockey Christophe Soumillon for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

In a brilliant result for the Victorian industry, Thunder Snow also provided Swettenham Stud’s stallion Trust In A Gust with another substantial pedigree update.

The Godolphin representative is a grandson of Red Slippers (USA) (Nureyev {USA}), who is a half-sister to the dam of Trust In A Gust, the millionaire Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Group 1 Toorak Handicap winner.

Thunder Snow overcame a wide draw and adopted a prominent position in the running of the race, before a tough battle arose with Gronkowski in the straight.  Able to muster extraordinary reserves in the run to the line Thunder Snow overhaul Gronkowski by only a nose.

His ecstatic trainer, Saeed bin Suroor gave credit to both the horse and the jockey.

“He is a such a brave horse. I wasn’t sure if he had won, but we had the best jockey in the world on board and he knows him so well. He has won the UAE Derby and now the Dubai World Cup twice on him from wide draws and they are a great team. I think this is my 191st Group 1 winner but it ranks very highly, probably along with Dubai Millennium in 2000 when he won this race.”

While jockey Christophe Soumillon was thankful to all connections.

“Last year I won by five, six, even more lengths, and today Thunder had to fight hard. I really want to say a big thank you to Saeed bin Suroor, and also to HH Sheikh Mohammed, just before the race they said to me in the paddock you should have so much confidence and do everything right.”

“Thanks to Thunder Snow, because without him I would not be able to do such things.”

The son of Helmet has now won eight of his 23 career starts with a prize money total of US$16,011,850 with plans now being made for another trip to the US.

“I will have to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, but I would like Thunder Snow to run in America again. Maybe in New York, in Saratoga with the final plan being the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita,” Suroor said.

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