The Darley stallions enjoyed a very successful afternoon at the Curragh on Friday, 28 August, annexing the two Group races on the card, the G3 Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes and the G3 Round Tower Stakes.
Three-year-old Night Of Thunder filly Thundering Nights was the first to strike, sweeping home in the nine-furlong Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes. Picking up impressively once asked to quicken, Joseph O’Brien’s progressive charge won by a length and a half to add a third victory to her CV.
Thundering Nights was bred by Manjri Farm and is out of the multiple winner Cape Castle (Cape Cross). This cross has now produced eight winners from nine runners, three of which have won at Stakes level.
Stallion sensation Night Of Thunder has now sired eight individual Group winners from his first crop including three G2 winners.
An hour later and New Approach’s former trainer Jim Bolger notched up his second two-year-old Group winner by the Derby hero inside a week when New Treasure just denied Teresa Mendoza (by first-season sire Territories) in the G3 Round Tower Stakes.
New Treasure was making only his second racecourse appearance but showed little sign of inexperience as he outbattled first-time-out winner Teresa Mendoza in the closing stages to win the six-furlong contest by half a length.
New Treasure was bred by his trainer and is out of the two-time Group winner Maoineach, who won this contest herself as a juvenile.
New Approach is also sire of last weekend’s G2 Futurity Stakes winner Mac Swiney, while Territories now has an impressive tally of four Black type performers to his name, and nine winners in total.