Thunder rolls into Sydney

Danny O’Brien’s exciting colt Lucky Thunder will tackle Sydney’s best 3yos this week in the Randwick Guineas.


The Cadbury Guineas placegetter will head to the Harbour City tomorrow to prepare for the Group 1 mile where he takes on local stars Caymans and Rock Kingdom as well as gun Victorian Mic Mac and Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider.


The son of Lucky Owners has drawn barrier 14 in the 18-horse field and will be ridden by Jamie Mott.


“It’s a pretty hot field, but his run in the Cadbury Guineas last week second-up was excellent and he will take a lot of improvement from that,” O’Brien said.


“Lucky Thunder has been placed at Group level multiple times during his short career and we are confident he can be very competitive against Sydney’s best.”


While Lucky Thunder, pictured above finishing second to Dr Doute’s (left) in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington, is racing for Group 1 glory, O’Brien will have a strong hand at his home track on Saturday.


Black-type winning mare La Chasseuse will return to racing in the listed Bob Hoysted Stakes (1000m), while Fifth Avenue Lady and Sparkling Satine will tackle the Group 3 Patinack Farm Stakes (1600m).


O’Brien will also saddle up just his second 2yo starter for the season when Incandescent lines up in the listed Festival of Racing Stakes (1000m).


Promising colts Giant Jewels and Iamzeus will clash in the 3yo 1400m handicap, while Villain and Alexander of Hales resume in the 1400m open handicap on the Flemington card.


Photo by Age Photographer John Donegan