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Thunder Gulch Also Adds US Gr2

Monday, 12th March 2007

Former Coolmore shuttler Thunder Gulch (Gulch-Line Of Thunder, by Storm Bird) also added a US group success when the colt Circular Quay (Thunder Gulch-Circle Of Life, by Belong To Me) "showed why he is a highly regarded Gr1 Kentucky Derby hopeful" when he powered home from the tail of the field with a 2.25-lengths victory in the US$594,000 Gr2 Louisiana Derby (8.5 furlongs) for 3YOs at Fair Grounds, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Circular Quay (ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher) came from "more than 10.5-lengths behind" front-running Ketchikan (Mr Greeley-Flowers And Vines, by Blushing John) to defeat that horse & multiple graded stakes-placed Zanjero (Cherokee Run-Checkered Flag, by A.P.Indy). Michael Tabor's Kentucky home-bred Circular Quay (whose dam Circle Of Life was a Gr1-winner) now has 4 wins (also including 2006's Gr1 Hopeful Stakes over 7 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr3 Bashford Manor Stakes & 2 placings (runner-ups in both 2006's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile & Gr1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity) from 7 starts for US$1,147,434 earnings. Meanwhile his sire Thunder Gulch (who shuttled to Australian from 1996-2002 & currently stands at Coolmore's Ashford Farm in Kentucky at US$30,000) now boasts 50 stakes-winners from 582 winners & 869 runners world-wide, noted thoroughbredinternet.com.

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