Friday 15 December 2017

Cheltenham date next up for Thunder

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

After a stylish victory on his fencing debut at Clonmel on Sunday, Sea Of Thunder is likely to have its next start at one of the upcoming autumn meetings at Cheltenham.

Charles Byrnes' Gigginstown Stud-owned seven-year-old was given a quote of 20/1 for the RSA Chase in March after the success.

Coming on going that was officially described as good to firm, it confirmed Sea Of Thunder's preference for a sound surface. "He might not get ground like that again in Ireland for a while now, so we might have to travel to England," Byrnes said of the Old Vic gelding.

"There is a race at Cheltenham in a few weeks and another there in November, so we'll keep an eye on things and see how we go."

Andy Oliver is also thinking of sending his smart two-year-old Sendmylovetorose across the water for her next outing. The Bahamian Bounty filly ran respectably when beaten two and a half lengths in Saturday's Cheveley Park.

"That's her finished for the year, so she'll have a nice break and then we'll bring her back and train her for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket," Oliver revealed.

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