First Australian Winner for Night Of Thunder

Mark Smith - Wednesday January 1

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained A Beautiful Night put one on the board for Darley Stud’s one season shuttler Night of Thunder (IRL) when she finished best to down a gallant Bombay Rocket in the New Year Sprint (1000m) down the straight at Flemington.

Second behind the highly regarded Exceed And Excel filly Award Winner when on debut at Bendigo on December 15, A Beautiful Night found herself the meat in the sandwich when the eventual third-placed Stormborn (Headwater) sprinted quickly at the 300 metres then rolled in just as the leader Bombay Rocket was drifting in.A Beautiful Night powers home to give Night Of Thunder his first winner

John Allen had to steady A Beautiful Life and she did well to gather herself up and chase down Bombay Rocket (Snitzel) to win by a nose with Stormborn a length back in third.

“It was a great run at her first start and she has made good improvement and it was a very good win today,” Allen said.

“She’s very mature, did everything right and settled into a good rhythm. She’s not the finished article yet but hopefully, she can improve from here.

David Eustace said they have stakes ambitions for the daughter of Night Of Thunder (IRE).

“She’s a tough filly who came through her first run really well but we were in two minds whether to give her a little freshen and look towards the (Blue Diamond) Previews but we pushed on and it paid off,” Eustace said.

“It’s a month to the first Preview race, which gives us a chance to give her a week off. I’m absolutely delighted for the owners who are new to the stable and we are very grateful for their support.”  A Beautiful Night - images Grant Courtney

A Beautiful Night is the second and final foal of the winning Gonski mare Lindyhop who died in 2017.

A half-sister to seven winners, Lindyhop was a daughter of the Kenamre mare Lindleywood Lass who is a three-quarter sister to Group II Gloaming Stakes winner Classy Fella and dual Listed stakes-winner Grand Connection out of the Group II VRC Bloodhorse Breeders Plate winner Twirled.

A Beautiful Night is one of 58 live foals left by Dubawi’s Group1 Lockinge Stakes and 2,000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder (IRE) who has made an extraordinary start to his career in the Northern Hemisphere where he was crowned the leading first crop sire in Europe.




Race Result - New Year Sprint 1000m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 0:58.44
A Beautiful Night
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 56
2f Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Lindyhop (AUS) (Gonski (AUS))
Bombay Rocket
T: Anthony Freedman J: Jamie Kah 56
2f Snitzel (AUS) x Mumbai Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Anthony Freedman/Blue Sky (FBAA)/Dream Tbs
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Jye McNeil 56
2f Headwater (AUS) x Quick's The Word (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Night Raid
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Ben Thompson 56
2f Vancouver (AUS) x Raid (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Three Bridges Thoroughbreds Eddington Vic
B: Sheamus Mills Bstock (FBAA)/Mick Price Racing
T: James Cummings J: D Dunn 56
2f Brazen Beau (AUS) x Rinky Dink (AUS) (Distorted Humor (USA))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Ms L J Meech 56
2f Deep Field (AUS) x Flamenco Girl (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Daandine Stud Goomburra Qld
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Who Runs The World
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 56
2f Zoustar (AUS) x Thurlow (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $460,000
V:Valiant Stud Aberdeen NSW
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale $120,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Valiant Stud Pty Ltd
T: Grant & Peter Dalziel J: B Higgins 56
2f Better Than Ready (AUS) x Hail Maher (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $160,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds Beaudesert Qld
B: Peter Dalziel Professional Horsebreaking
Always Definite
T: Tim Hughes J: Lachlan King 56
2f Choisir (AUS) x Always (AUS) (Manhattan Rain (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $50,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA)/Tim Hughes
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: D Oliver 56
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Roulettes (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
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