National entry Thunder bought by Waley-Cohen

hope Black Thunder was snapped up by on Thursday at the inaugural Goffs UK Sale for £90,000. Waley-Cohen’s son Sam will take the ride on the horse in Saturday’s showstopper.Waley-Cohen’s colours have graced the fences many times before, including when Oscar Time finished second to Ballabriggs in the 2010 edition of the race, and by the late Rajdhani Express when he won the Topham Chase last year.From the moment Black Thunder stepped in the ring it was clear that Waley-Cohen was looking to secure another prospect., who trains the nine-year-old, was bidding early on but it was Tessa Greatrex of Highflyer Bloodstock who had the final say when placing the winning bid of £90,000.National entry Thunder bought by Waley-CohenA nine-year-old son of Malinas, Black Thunder boasts a Grade 3 victory to his name having landed the Grade 3 December Novices’ Chase in 2013 and was last seen finishing sixth behind Le Reve at in February. He currently carries a rating of 147 over fences.His new owners will include chairman Dominic Burke, Clemmie Shipp, an owner with Warren Greatrex, and a friend of . said: “There’s four of us in the syndicate, which will be fun, and Saturday is really a bonus as we’re planning next season.“We’ll keep him with the same trainer until Saturday and he’ll definitely run. I like him very much, he was a wonderful novice and he’s rather lost his way handicapping and is probably a little high in the handicap.“We’ve just seen the winner of the Foxhunters rated 147 and this horse is very similar. These opportunities don’t come very often with a nine-year-old with good form and I hope to have a lot of fun.”Tessa Greatrex added: “With that kind of horse you’re buying the profile and he’s a nice good horse who’s ready to go for Saturday.”Waley-Cohen confirmed that Sam will now take the ride, replacing Gavin Sheehan.Source: RacingPost

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