Ralph run­ner go­ing to stud

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Group per­former Thun­der Down Un­der is preparing for the sec­ond stage of his ca­reer.

“He’s been re­tired, he dam­aged the car­ti­lage in his feet and we’re go­ing to stand him at stud at our place at Te Kowhai,” said part-owner and trainer, Stephen Ralph.

“We’ve been suc­cess­ful at this be­fore and Dad (John) stood Danseur Etoile and Te Puninga, so we know what we’re do­ing.

“He’s a gor­geous an­i­mal and we never got to see the best of him. We felt we could have won a Group One with him. He’s a spe­cial horse.”

Thun­der Down Un­der won four races, in­clud­ing the Listed 3YO Salver (2100m) at Eller­slie and fin­ished third in the Gr.3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m). He also placed in Sydney dur­ing a stint with cham­pion trainer Chris Waller.

He is a son of the Gr.1 Ken­tucky Derby (2000m) and Gr.1 Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile (1700m) win­ner Street Sense and the un­raced Galileo mare River Dream­ing. She is a grand­daugh­ter of the cham­pion Euro­pean mare All Along.

“He’s got such a well-bal­anced pedi­gree and he’s an ab­so­lute gen­tle­man,” said Ralph. “He’s got per­fect man­ners.

Four of River Dream­ing’s five foals to race have won and her in­ter­na­tional fam­ily also has Aus­tralian stakes success through Gr.2 Alis­ter Clark Stakes (2040m) win­ner Edge.

Ralph said he couldn’t be­lieve his luck when he se­cured Thun­der Down Un­der for $12,000 at Karaka in 2014. “I bought him un­con­tested, no­body else wanted him.”

A fee for Thun­der Down Un­der has yet to be an­nounced. Cliff’s

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THE well-re­lated Thun­der Down Un­der, pic­tured win­ning at Eller­slie, will be given his chance at stud.

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