Night Of Thunder’s first runners are simply flying and on Thursday, 4 July, he added two new winners to his record and took his tally of successful offspring to 10 when Man Of The Night won at Newbury, following Path Of Thunder’s impressive victory at Haydock earlier in the day.
Path Of Thunder, trained by Charlie Appleby, was prominent throughout the seven-furlong contest and once James Doyle asked him to quicken he soon took the lead and ran on well to win by a length.
Path Of Thunder is out of the winning Street Cry mare Sunset Avenue, now dam of four winners, including Group-placed filly Excellent Sunset (Exceed And Excel). They are from the family of G1 winner Balletto.
Later, this time at Newbury, Man Of The Night made a successful debut in the six-furlong novice.
The Richard Hannon-trained colt was settled in mid division under Sean Levey and making progress from two furlongs out, kept to his task well to win to win by a length and a quarter.
Man Of The Night, a €350,000 yearling, was bred in France by Jean-Pierre Dubois and is the first foal to race out of the winning Bernardini mare Mandheera, herself a daughter of Champion filly and three-time G1 winner Mandesha.
Night Of Thunder now has 10 individual winners from just 17 runners, making him the leading first-season sire in the UK and Ireland.