By the exciting and successful first crop sire Night Of Thunder, Thunderous made steady progress at Mark Johnston's yard in Middleham.  An easy mover, Thunderous burst onto the scene with a stunning debut victory at Doncaster, where he led from the start and despite being challenged won with plenty in hand. Second time out he ran a textbook race, when carrying an extra 7lb more than his opponents for an unchallenged win at Redcar. 

Mark Johnston decided to step Thunderous up in class next time, running him in the Listed Denford Stakes at Newbury and this exciting colt responded to the challenge, winning with something in hand. This was the first time he had been tried on soft ground, making the performance all the more impressive!  Also, the form has been boosted by a Group race success from the fourth, Pyledriver.

Thunderous had a good winter break before his first run as a three year old at Newmarket where he looked a touch ring rusty but nonetheless gave the rapidly improving Volkan Star a run for his money. This set him perfectly for the longer term target of the Dante at York where he clearly came on a ton to win impressively. Thunderous dug really deep before getting into top gear inside the final furlong to win his first Group contest in the Dante earning a rating of 112!

Thunderous ran in the Gordon Richards at Sandown but didn't sparkle on his return and may have needed the race after a long lay off. However he bounced back to form when finishing a very decent third in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes on 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket, where the ground was lively enough for him and he became somewhat unbalanced in the dip. He then headed to Newbury to contest the G3 Al Rayyan Stakes, where he finished a respectable 2nd to Al Asay before finishing 4th behind Wonderful Tonight in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.



Night of Thunder (IRE)

Souviens Toi (GB)

Dubawi (IRE)

Forest Storm (GB)

Dalakhani (IRE)

Diavla (USA)

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