Thunder Moon lined up for Dewhurst Stakes



Trainer Joseph O’Brien has confirmed Thunder Moon could next run in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket after his win at the Curragh.

The two-year-old made it back-to-back wins at the famous Irish track, when winning the Group One National Stakes.

Thunder Moon started his career in August, winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

Despite stepping up in trip for his second outing, O’Brien’s charge dispatched his rivals with a superb display on Sunday.

After a supreme change of pace in the final few furlongs, the future looks bright for another of O’Brien’s stable.

When asked about any future plans, O’Brien admitted Thunder Moon could run at HQ.

He told reporters: “We were very happy with him. It was a bit of a messy race, but he showed a great turn of foot to go away and win well.

“We did supplement him, so we were hopeful he’d run a nice race, but I suppose I was surprised by the manner of his victory.

“If he was to run again this year, the Dewhurst would probably be the race for him, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race on Sunday, and a lot will depend on the ground as well.

“The Breeders’ Cup is there as an option as well, but that wouldn’t be on my radar at the moment.”


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