Thunder Snow

B 2014
Helmet – Eastern Joy (Dubai Destination)
Standing at Darley Japan
Magnificent dual Dubai World Cup winner who was a Group 1 winner every year from two to five. Also won the G1 Criterium International at two and the G1 Prix Jean Prat at three. Assessed by Timeform as the best two-year-old colt of his year in France. Half-brother to four Stakes winners and the best colt from Balanchine’s family.

Pedigree

THUNDER SNOW

HELMET

EXCEED AND EXCEL

DANEHILL

DANZIG

RAZYANA

PATRONA

LOMOND

GLADIOLUS

ACCESSORIES

SINGSPIEL

IN THE WINGS

GLORIOUS SONG

ANNA MATRUSHKA

MILL REEF

ANNA PAOLA

EASTERN JOY

DUBAI DESTINATION

KINGMAMBO

MR PROSPECTOR

MIESQUE

MYSTERIAL

ALLEGED

MYSTERIES

RED SLIPPERS

NUREYEV

NORTHERN DANCER

SPECIAL

MORNING DEVOTION

AFFIRMED

MORNING HAS BROKEN

By HELMET (2008) Caulfield Guineas (G1), Sires Produce S (G1), Champagne S (G1), Caulfield Guineas Prelude (G3), etc. Sire of 655 foals aged three and up, including THUNDER SNOW, ANDA MUCHACHO, LA TENE, ARCHIVES, LIMESTONE, TIN HAT, EQTIRAAN, MET SPECTRUM, BEETHOVEN, SWEDISH DREAM, TAAMOL, LANGKAWI, CROSSING THE ABBEY, MUR HIBA, PEACE OF PARIS, etc.

1st dam: EASTERN JOY by Dubai Destination. Winner (9f) at 3. Dam of 8 foals, 5 to race, 5 winners:

THUNDER SNOW (c Helmet) Champion, see race record.

IHTIMAL (f Shamardal) 4 wins (7f-9½f) at 2, May Hill S (G2), Sweet Solera S (G3), UAE Oaks (G3), 3rd Fillies’ Mile (G1), 1,000 Guineas (G1).

FIRST VICTORY (f Teofilo) 2 wins (7f) at 2, Oh So Sharp S (G3).

ALWAYS SMILE (f Cape Cross) 4 wins (6f-8½f) at 2 to 4, Hambleton S, 2nd Sun Chariot S (G1), Sandringham H, 3rd Falmouth S (G1).

WINTER LIGHTNING (f Shamardal) 2 wins (7f-8f) at 3, 2018, UAE 1,000 Guineas, 3rd Atalanta S (G3), UAE Oaks (G3).

2nd dam: RED SLIPPERS by Nureyev. 3 wins (7f-10f) at 2 and 3, Sun Chariot S (G2), Virginia S. Dam of 11 winners:

WEST WIND (f Machiavellian) 2 wins at 3, Prix de Diane (G1), 2nd Prix Vermeille (G1), 3rd Pretty Polly S (G1).

REDBRIDGE (c Alleged) 3 wins at 4, Mercury S, 3rd Doonside Cup, HH Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum Challenge R3, Jebel Ali S.

3rd dam: Morning Devotion by Affirmed. Winner at 2, 3rd Fillies Mile (G3). Dam of 10 winners:

BALANCHINE (f Storm Bird) Champion three-year-old in Europe, Irish Derby (G1), Oaks S (G1), 2nd 1,000 Guineas (G1).

ROMANOV (c Nureyev) Jockey Club S (G2), Rose of Lancaster S (G3), 2nd Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1), Cumberland Lodge S (G3), 3rd Derby (G1), Canadian International S (G1), Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1). Sire.

First Night (f Sadler’s Wells) 2nd Prix de la Calonne. Dam of:

Unquenchable (f Kingmambo). Dam of: HAVANA COOLER (g Hurricane Run) Doncaster Prelude (G3), 3rd Metropolitan H (G1).

Subtle Breeze (f Storm Cat) Placed at 3. Dam of:

TRUST IN A GUST (c Keep The Faith) Toorak H (G1), Sir Rupert Clarke S (G1). Sire.

Alleged Devotion (f Alleged) Unraced. Dam of:

HUMBLE EIGHT (f Seattle Battle) Honeybee S (G3). Dam of: STAGE CALL (c Sadler’s Wells) Hopemont S, 3rd Futurity S (G2). Sire. Grandam of: PHOLA (f Johannesburg) Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2).

THADY QUILL (c Nureyev) Superlative S, 2nd Oak Tree Mile S (G2). Sire.

ROYAL DEVOTION (f Sadler’s Wells) Oyster S, 2nd Trigo S.

APRIL STARLIGHT (f Storm Bird) Silver Flash S, 3rd Railway S (G3).

Devoted To You (f Danehill Dancer) 2nd Debutant S (G2). Dam of: SOVEREIGN (c Galileo) Irish Derby (G1).

Altius (c Danehill) 2nd El Gran Senor S, 3rd Beresford S (G2). Sire.

Luxury (f Storm Cat) Unraced. Dam of: SHONAN MIGHTY (c Manhattan Cafe) Sankei Osaka Hai (G2), 2nd Yasuda Kinen (G1); GO FOR THE SUMMIT (c Heart’s Cry) TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (G2).

Stud record
Thunder Snow stands his first season in 2020.

Conformation

Race record

His successful career

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Two 6 2 2 - 1
Three 8 3 1 2 -
Four 7 2 3 1 -
Five 3 1 1 1 -
Total 24 8 7 4 1

At 2 Champion two-year-old in France

1st
Criterium International (G1), 7f, Saint-Cloud, by 5l, beating South Seas, Promise To Be True.
1st
Maiden race, 6f, Leicester.
2nd
Vintage S (G2), 7f, Goodwood, to War Decree.
2nd
Champagne S (G2), 7f, Doncaster, by a head, to Rivet, beating D’bai.
4th
Dewhurst S (G1), 7f, Newmarket, to Churchill, Lancaster Bomber, Blue Point, beating Rivet.

At 3 Champion dirt miler in UAE

1st
Prix Jean Prat (G1), 8f, Chantilly, by 1¼l, beating Trais Fluors, Gold Luck.
1st
UAE Derby (G2), 9½f, Meydan, beating Epicharis, Master Plan, Lancaster Bomber, Spirit Of Valor.
1st
UAE 2,000 Guineas (G3), 8f, Meydan, by 5¾l.
2nd
Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1), 8f, Curragh, to Churchill, beating Exultant, Lancaster Bomber.
3rd
St James’s Palace S (G1), 8f, Royal Ascot, to Barney Roy, Lancaster Bomber, beating Churchill.
3rd
Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1), 8f, Deauville, by a nose and a neck, to Al Wukair, Inns Of Court.

At 4 Champion older horse in UAE

1st
Dubai World Cup (G1), 10f, Meydan, by 5¾l, beating West Coast, Forever Unbridled, Talismanic.
1st
Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (G2), 9½f, Meydan, beating North America, Heavy Metal.
2nd
Jockey Club Gold Cup S (G1), 10f, Belmont Park, by a neck, to Discreet Lover, beating Mendelssohn, Diversify, Gronkowski.
2nd
Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (G1), 10f, Meydan, to North America, beating Furia Cruzada, Capezzano.
2nd
Al Maktoum Challenge R1 (G2), 8f, Meydan, to Heavy Metal, beating North America.
3rd
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), 10f, Churchill Downs, to Accelerate, Gunnevera, beating Mendelssohn, West Coast, Mind Your Biscuits, McKinzie.

At 5

1st
Dubai World Cup (G1), 10f, Meydan, beating Gronkowski, Audible, Yoshida, Seeking The Soul.
2nd
Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (G1), 10f, Meydan, to Capezzano.
3rd
Metropolitan H (G1), 1600m, Belmont Park, to Mitole, McKinzie, beating Promises Fulfilled.

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Video footage

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Dubai World Cup (G1), 10f, Meydan, 30 Mar 2019
Dubai World Cup (G1), 10f, Meydan, 31 Mar 2018
Prix Jean Prat (G1), 8f, Chantilly, 09 Jul 2017
Criterium International (G1), 7f, Saint-Cloud, 30 Oct 2016
Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (G2), 9½f, Meydan, 08 Feb 2018
UAE Derby (G2), 9½f, Meydan, 25 Mar 2017
UAE 2,000 Guineas (G3), 8f, Meydan, 11 Feb 2017