07/07/2017 4:03PM

Chantilly: Prix Jean Prat a sweet spot for Thunder Snow

Barbara D. Livingston
Sunday's Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly looks like an ideal spot for Thunder Snow.

Thunder Snow, the Godolphin colt who bucked just after the start and had to be pulled up  in the Kentucky Derby, has found a sweet spot to win his first turf race of 2017 in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat on Sunday at Chantilly.

Just five 3-year-olds are entered in the one-mile race. Lightupthenight and the maiden Turf Laurel are 20/1 shots in antepost betting, the Freddie Head-trained Gold Luck 10/1, with Trais Fluors a hot second choice behind favored Thunder Snow in the bookmakers’ markets.

Thunder Snow, winner of the $2 million UAE Derby over dirt at Meydan in March, was back in action just three weeks after his Derby debacle, finishing second behind Churchill in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas. On June 20 at Royal Ascot, Thunder Snow was one place ahead of Churchill when third in the St. James’s Palace Stakes, and a repeat of either of those two performances would stand a good chance of winning the Prix Jean Prat. Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, traveled to France to win the Group 1 Criterium International last fall, and the forecast good-to-soft ground should pose no impediment.

Trais Fluors, a Dansili colt trained by Andre Fabre, is unbeaten after four starts, one at age 2 and three this year. His first three wins came in very modest company, but Trais Fluors stepped up to win a Group 3 mile over the Chantilly course last out, though he is likely to need further improvement to handle Thunder Snow on Sunday.