Thunder Snow delivers for Godolphin
Thunder Snow gained a well-deserved Group One success with a dominant performance in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.
Saeed bin Suroor: Delighted to win another Group One with Thunder Snow.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt had some top-notch form in the book after being beaten only two lengths when fourth to Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes and a head second to subsequent Racing Post Trophy scorer Rivet in the Champagne Stakes.
The Godolphin-owned juvenile backed up those displays in style, bounding clear in the final quarter-mile under Christophe Soumillon to see off Andrew Balding's South Seas by five lengths, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Promise To Be True a length and three-quarters away in third.
There was drama early in the race when Capchop unseated Pierre-Charles Boudot leaving the stalls, but the contest itself could not have been more straightforward for the winner, who was helped by a frantic early pace set by freegoing stablemate Bay Of Poets.