Saeed bin Suroor maps out Thunder Snow route towards Breeders’ Cup Classic

Godolphin colt’s end goal to arrive at Churchill Downs

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Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow could have two starts before a mouthwatering clash with American Triple Crown hero Justify and Mendelssohn in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has earmarked the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in September as a potential port of call for the four-year-old, along with the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August.

The Newmarket handler reported the colt, who holds entries in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, in good form despite not being sighted since March.

He said: “The main aim is the Breeders’ Cup Classic. There is a race before that on the dirt at Belmont Park called the Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 29 which he could go for, but I want to run him in a race before that.

“He has started working now and is working well and is in good form. He was not ready for the Eclipse.

“He needs a race in August somewhere and I’m looking to find a mile-and-a-quarter race. There is the possibility of the Juddmonte for him.

“We will talk to Sheikh Mohammed and make a decision, but it is so far, so good.”

Saeed bin Suroor maps out Thunder Snow route towards Breeders’ Cup Classic
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