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Night of Thunder takes 2000 Guineas

Updated: Saturday, 03 May 2014 16:27 | Comments

Kieren Fallon riding Night Of Thunder (L) wins The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket
Kieren Fallon riding Night Of Thunder (L) wins The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket

Night Of Thunder sprang a big surprise in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket to give Richard Hannon a first British Classic in his rookie season as a trainer.

Jockey Kieren Fallon had plenty of steering problems in the closing stages as the 40-1 chance veered over the track.

However, that did not stop the son of Dubawi getting up close home to win by half a length and reversing Greenham form with Kingman, the 6-4 favourite. Australia was another head away in third.

Night Of Thunder's better-fancied stablemate, Toormore, faded after setting the pace on the near side.

Fallon said: "I thought he'd given it away, but he's a good horse and hopefully he can continue."

An emotional Hannon said: "We always thought a lot of him and he's done it well.

"He gets a mile, no problem, and he settled better today.

"He pulled a little bit in the Greenham and he's turned the form around with Kingman."

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