Thunder Snow to go global in search of Grade 1 glory

LAST season's Dubai World Cup sensation Thunder Snow will this year have the Breeders' Cup Classic as his main target.

The globetrotting Group 1 winner is also likely to tackle Group 1 contests in Deauville and New York.

 Thunder Snow capped a superb four-timer for Godolphin on Dubai World Cup night

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Thunder Snow capped a superb four-timer for Godolphin on Dubai World Cup night

Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has mapped out a plan that could include a crack at the Belmont Jockey Club Gold Club at Saratoga, as well as the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

The son of Helmet was a revelation in last year's Dubai World Cup, sprinting clear from his rivals to leave them five lengths adrift and trailing in his wake.

That was a career best performance and a huge payday, and the front-running bulldozer has since earned a well-deserved break.

His trainer said: "The horse had a hard race in Dubai, but he's doing well and the Breeders' Cup Classic is the long-term aim. We'll try to find one or two races for him beforehand."

"The Jacques le Marois is a possible and the Belmont Jockey Club Gold Cup, then hopefully on to the Classic, as that is the main objective."

Bin Suroor also had news of Benbatl, last season's Dubai Turf winner.

The son of Dubawi had a remarkable stint in the east, accumulating over £550,000 in prize-money, and big plans are on the agenda once again.

The trainer said: "Benbatl is doing well since winning the Grade 1 in Dubai.

"We will get him ready for Royal Ascot and he will go for the Queen Anne, as a stiff mile will suit him."

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LAST season's Dubai World Cup sensation Thunder Snow will this year have the Breeders' Cup Classic as his main target.