First-season sire Night Of Thunder opened his winner’s account in fine style on Saturday, 11 May when his son Expressionist posted an easy victory at Ascot at the first time of asking.
Always close to the pace under William Buick, Expressionist soon responded once asked for his effort and under hands and heels, kept to his task superbly to win the five-furlong contest by three quarters of a length.
A 300,000-guinea breeze-up purchase, Expressionist was bred by Clarecastle Stud Ltd and is the first foal to hit the track out of the Stakes-placed Authorized mare Permission Slip. She is from the family of Champion two-year-old Bint Allayl, plus fellow smart performers Laa Rayb and Kheleyf.
Night Of Thunder was an undefeated Stakes winner at two, who went on to land the finest renewal of the G1 2,000 Guineas since 1971 at three. He added a second G1 victory to his record at four when beating another high-class field in the Lockinge.