Thunder set for Eclipse test

  • Last Updated: June 30 2014, 10:37 BST

Night Of Thunder has been given the go-ahead for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown after impressing trainer Richard Hannon with his well-being.

Night of Thunder (left): Beat Australia in the Guineas
Night of Thunder (left): Beat Australia in the Guineas

It will be the Saeed Manana-owned colt's first attempt over a mile and a quarter after his three battles with Kingman over shorter distances.

After a heavy defeat in the Greenham Stakes, Night Of Thunder turned the tables at the perfect moment when galloping to a 40/1 success in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

He performed very well in their rematch in the St James's Palaces Stakes at Royal Ascot but was ultimately beaten by two and a quarter lengths.

"Night of Thunder definitely runs at Sandown," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"Kingman is very good and put us firmly in our place at Ascot, so rather than take him on again we are going up in trip.

"Night of Thunder ran all the way to the line at Ascot and I walked off the stand convinced that it would be worth trying him over further, and when Hughesie (Richard Hughes, jockey) got off he was of the same opinion, as was Bruce Raymond, Saeed's racing manager, so we are giving it a go."