Thunder Snow Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Thunder Snow won the Group 1 Criterium International
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Thunder Snow and South Seas gave the Dewhurst Stakes form a solid boost as they finished first and second in the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud this afternoon.

A field of nine went to post for this seven furlong contest on soft ground.

At the break Capchop unseated Pierre-Charles Boudot and it was the Godolphin pair of Bay Of Poets and Thunder Snow who went into the lead from South Sea and Promise To Be True.

Bay Of Poets and William Buick led by about 1 ½ lengths as the field turned for home, with Thunder Snow travelling well as the eight remaining runners headed to the stands rail.

Thunder Snow went on from South Seas and quickened well under Christophe Soumillon, moving right away from his rivals inside the final furlong and passing the line clear of South Seas, with Promise To Be True in third.

The Saeed bin Suroor trained Thunder Snow, a son of Helmet, was leading home a one-two for horses beaten by Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes. That form looks solid now, given the victory last week by Rivet in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy.