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.

The winner returned at 2.8/1 on the local pari-mutuel and 3/1 with British bookmakers. A stewards' inquiry was held into Capchop's departure from the race, but the placings were left unchanged.

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