Thunder ready to storm Fairyhouse

An assault on the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National is the favoured option for Distant Thunder, provided he gets suitable underfoot conditions.

An assault on the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National is the favoured option for Distant Thunder, provided he gets suitable underfoot conditions.

His trainer, the UK-based Northern Ireland man Noel Chance, regularly sends his horses to the Republic if they are good enough.

And Distant Thunder could be another candidate, having produced a blinding performance on only his second outing of the campaign having moved to Chance from Robert Alner this year.

He was only just denied by Joes Edge and Juveigneur in a thriller for the William Hill Trophy at Cheltenham last time out and the Fairyhouse marathon on Easter Monday is currently top of the list ahead of the Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown.

“Plan A is the Irish National, unless the ground came up funny, he needs it good or softer” explained Chance.

“His weight is OK there (10st 9lb), given we went up 10lb for the race at Cheltenham.

“Plan B would be Liverpool and a three-mile handicap chase there, then there would be the Whitbread (Betfred), but the ground could be dodgy there.

“He ran so well at Cheltenham, especially as a horse fell in front of him at the second-last.

“He had a couple of problems after his first run at Bangor and it was a great effort for only his second start of the season. He got a little tired and had just been in front too long.”

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