Night Of Thunder takes his winner tally to 18

Dubawi’s 2,000 Guineas winner leads all first-season sires by W/R%

Night Of Thunder’s amazing run continued over the weekend when siring two new winners, in the process taking him clear of all his contemporaries in Europe.

First to salute the judge was the Hugo Palmer-trained Acquitted, who made a successful debut at Kempton on Friday evening.

Held up from a wide draw, the Lannister Holdings-bred colt made steady headway in the straight, taking up the running a furlong from home to beat Byzantine Empire (Golden Horn) by over a length.

Less than 24 hours later at Ascot, Khalid Abdullah’s homebred filly Pocket Square gained a valuable first victory when beating her rivals by upwards of three lengths.

Trained by Roger Charlton, she was making her second career start over the one mile trip, franking the form of Festive Star (Golden Horn) who beat her by nearly two lengths on debut at Yarmouth last month.

Night Of Thunder has now sired 18 individual winners from only 34 runners at a very impressive 53% strike rate, putting him well clear of any of his European contemporaries.


He has four runners rated 100 or more by Timeform including the unbeaten Stakes winner Thunderous (103p), Group-winning filly Under The Stars (101) and the very promising maiden winner Molatham (101p).