Fallon thunders to Guineas glory

Fallon thunders to Guineas glory
Photo: Harris Equine Photogaphy
Night of Thunder propelled Kieren Fallon back into the limelight, with a determined victory over Kingman in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas.
Second behind today's favourite Kingman in their last meeting in the Greenham Stakes, Night of Thunder reversed the form of that trial race in a truly run and exciting 2,000 Guineas which saw Night of Thunder violently shift away from the whip in the closing stages across the track, but still get up for a half length success.
In his first season since taking over the reins of his Wiltshire-based yard from his father, Richard Hannon entered his first Classic with three live chances. Despite clearly believing their main chance for victory potentially stood with Toormore, Night of Thunder still managed to ensure that Hannon was able to walk out of Newmarket on Saturday evening clutching a winner's trophy from his first ever entry in a Classic.
"You grow up at school reading the Racing Post, watching Channel 4 and you think you might get there one day, I'm delighted", said Hannon. "We were a little disappointed after Newbury, and I have to say I thought he would run very well today. It's lovely to see him come back and turn the form around with Kingman."
Fallon has struggled to be picked up by many trainers since his return as a freelance jockey, but his performances in Dubai - most notably when partnering Prince Bishop to a duo of Al Maktoum Challenge victories - strongly suggested that the weighing room legend was riding back at the very top of his game.
"I thought he'd thrown it away," said Fallon. "He's a good horse and I hope it can continue".
Fallon was winning his third 2,000 Guineas after victories aboard George Washington and Footstepsinthesand whilst retained to ride for Aidan O'Brien.
Connections of Night of Thunder will decide on the next race for their Guineas star in due course, with a trip to Ireland for their 2,000 Guineas or a trip to Royal Ascot for the St James' Palace Stakes looking most likely. Kingman looks set to take his rival once again, with those targets also being considered by the John Gosden and the Juddmonte Farms team.
Third placed finisher Australia was heavily shortened into 6-4 favouritism for The Derby at Epsom after his fine effort, and he is sure to improve for the distance of the Derby. 

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