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World Cup hero Thunder Snow prepares for likely Juddmonte challenge

Thunder Snow: the Dubai World Cup winner may head to York for the Juddmonte International
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Thunder Snow made his first public appearance since giving Saeed Bin Suroor his eighth triumph in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup in March when working on Newmarket's July course on Thursday morning.

The four-year-old was ridden by Pat Cosgrave in a mile and a quarter exercise with Ebor entry Game Starter (Hayley Turner) and Leader's Legacy (Ian Burns) finishing about eight lengths clear of the latter at the line.

The Godolphin-owned colt was looking fresh from a near four month break since the Dubai Carnival where he ran four times culminating in his defeat of West Coast in the Meydan showpiece.

Thunder Snow is a general 12-1 chance for next month's Group 1 Juddmonte International at York where he is likely to head next although there is a chance he could revert to a mile and take in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois instead.

On this evidence, the son of Helmet needs every yard of ten furlongs and autumn targets lie in the US where all roads lead the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

Bin Suroor said: "Thunder Snow worked well and the idea was to give him a change from our Chippenham gallop which is only six furlongs and that is not far enough for him. Putting a jockey back on him has helped and also the fitting of cheekpieces.

"They have done a lovely job with the ground here and thanks to Michael Prosser for allowing us on it." 

Thunder Snow: looked fresh from a near four month break since the Dubai Carnival
"The horse has a few options including York and we are then looking forward to taking him to the US where he could run in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Cup at Belmont Park before the Breeders' Cup Classic."


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The horse has a few options including York and we are then looking forward to taking him to the US
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