New gear gets the best out of Sun Thunder

Nov 02, 2015

Blinkers made all the difference for Sun Thunder during the promising gelding’s win in the Total Tools 3YO Maiden Plate (1400m) at Ballarat.

The three-year-old had shown glimpses of potential during his three previous runs but needed something to help the son of Wanted put it all together in his races.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra settled on the blinkers for Sun Thunder and the gelding showed the benefit of the new gear in his work leading up to the $20,000 contest.

Andrew Mallyon took the ride on Sun Thunder and barrier three helped the jockey give his mount the perfect trip on the speed throughout.

Sun Thunder hit the front soon after straightening and strode clear at the 300m before maintaining his concentration and his effort in the last 200m to notch a comfortable 1-¾-length win.

“He’s just getting better with the experience but the blinkers really switched him on,” Zahra said.

“He worked really well with them in the week before the race so to see them work so well on raceday was terrific.

“Andrew rode him perfectly but the horse was very strong on the line so he might get out to a mile or a bit further in time.”

Sun Thunder earned $17,300 in prizemoney and bonuses for his emphatic Ballarat win.

Congratulations to Sun Thunder’s owners – Sun Bloodstock – and all involved with his terrific win.