Bin Suroor keen on Derby run

Saeed bin Suroor gives the thumbs up for Dubai Thunder

Saeed bin Suroor is keen to let impressive maiden winner Dubai Thunder take his chance in next month's Investec Derby.

Although the final call will rest with Sheikh Mohammed, the Newmarket handler expressed his desire to tackle the Epsom Classic on June 3, for which the Dubawi colt is as short as 12-1.

Despite failing to make it to the track as a two-year-old, Bin Suroor's charge cast an immediate impression on his racecourse debut at Newbury on Friday, claiming a mile-and-a-quarter contest won by Ulysses 12 months ago by an eased-down 10 lengths.

Bin Suroor said: "He always works well in the morning and he always shows some class. Last year he was very backwards.

"You couldn't run him last year. It was only in October time that he started to show something. I didn't want to push him, it would have been the wrong time to do that.

"I have looked after him over the winter. He has come back and the way he won on Friday was good.

"We will talk to Sheikh Mohammed and he will make the decision. I want to check the horse next week, but the good thing is that he is in the Derby.

"He needs good ground or good to soft. Friday it was soft and he handled that well. He showed that class was there and he has got a good engine. Yes, of course I would like to take him to Epsom.

"We've got these horses running in Group races and possibly the Derby that we have not had for three years.

"This year it has changed. We have these horses that have come back from last year and improved physically and mentally and have shown some class in their races. It is making things exciting."


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