2,000 Guineas: Kieren Fallon raises Thunder to drown out the big noises at Newmarket

Rank outsider Night Of Thunder beats favourites Kingman and Australia to give trainer Richard Hannon victory in debut Classic

newmarket

Like father, uncannily like son. Just as his father did 41 years ago, Richard Hannon won the 2,000 Guineas with his first runner in a Classic, and a rank outsider at that. Then, it was 50-1 shot Mon Fils; here yesterday Night of Thunder at 40-1. Hannon junior is the third generation of his family to hold a training licence, having taken over from senior – also Richard – at the end of last season. The name and modus operandi are the same and the baton, it seems, is in safe hands.

Night Of Thunder prevailed by just half a length – it might have been more but for a marked left-handed drift across the track in the closing stages, in the course of which the experienced hands and cool head of Kieren Fallon kept him going as determinedly forwards as sideways – and he took a couple of notable scalps. The pair who followed him in, split by a head, were the first two favourites, Kingman (6-4) and Australia (5-2).

The winner was virtually ignored in the betting on two counts; not only had he a much better fancied stablemate in last year's top-rated juvenile Toormore, but also he had been trounced by Kingman last month in their warm-up at Newbury. But, with that run under his girth and helped by the step up to a mile for the first time, it was the son of Dubawi's day. "It's the stuff of dreams," Hannon Jnr said. "As a schoolboy you read about it and watch it all and wonder if you'll get there. We were a bit disappointed after his run last month, and it's a tribute to him that he's come back and turned the form around."

The race, though, was messy and slightly unsatisfactory, in that the field split into two groups as the 14 runners raced up the wide-open Rowley Mile, as often happens when the starting stalls are set in the centre of the track. Night Of Thunder actually managed to race in both; he started in the far side pack, led by the Spanish raider Noozhoh Canarias until Kingman took over a furlong out, and by the time he hit the line he was closer to the stands side, where Australia was well clear of another Hannon longshot, Shifting Power (50-1). Toormore, who led that group for much of the race, faded to seventh, a place behind Noozhoh Canarias and just in front of Kingston Hill and War Command.

"I thought I was going to go and win easily," said Fallon, on his fifth 2,000 Guineas hero, "but when I went half a length up half a furlong out, he started stopping with me. But he was still good enough to win.

"I wanted to switch him off early, because he was a bit gassy with me at Newbury. That was his first run this year and he needed to get it out of his system. I was able to go where the speed was early, he switched off completely today and I was able to use his turn of foot."

The defeat at Newbury was Night Of Thunder's first; he had won both his starts as a juvenile, though not in top company. But the colt, who runs for the Dubai businessman Saeed Manana, a Maktoum family associate, had been showing enough this spring to be added to the Derby field last month as a late entry.

Hannon Snr, on duty at Goodwood, missed the Wiltshire stable's fourth 2,000 Guineas winner (Don't Forget Me and Tirol were the others). "It's the same outfit, the same team at home," said the man now with his hands on the licence, "and he'll be just as delighted."

It is the fillies' turn on the Rowley mile today in the 1,000 Guineas, with Rizeena the hot favourite and Hannon, whose family stable sent out last year's winner, Sky Lantern, represented by 66-1 shot Manderley.

Life and Style
food + drink
Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
News
UK Border Control
i100
Sport
boxing
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: E-Commerce Manager - Fashion Accessories

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Senior / Assistant Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Exciting new position available at an independ...

Recruitment Genius: Bookkeeper / Credit Controller

£20000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The successful candidate will h...

Recruitment Genius: Office Junior / Assistant

£7800 - £13455 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A career opportunity has become ...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn