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Thunder Gulch filly storms to Madison win

THUNDER GULCH, who stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, got his 12th worldwide Group/Grade 1 winner on the board on Thursday when his daughter Shotgun Gulch caused an upset in the Vinery Madison Stakes for fillies and mares at Keeneland.

The four-year-old came from first to last to nail race favourite Amen Hallelujah, a daughter of Montbrook, on the line to win by a head. Dr Zic, by Milwaukee Brew, was nearly three lengths back in third.

Thunder Gulch's roll of top-flight winners includes some impressive names, including Point Given, whose six Grade 1 wins took in the Preakness and Belmont; Zenyatta's half-sister Balance, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks; and Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Spain.

Kentucky Derby hero Thunder Gulch's stud fee hit a high of $80,000 in 2002, the year following Point Given's stellar three-year-old season, but he currently stands at a fee of $10,000.

A son of Gulch, the stallion has European roots as he is out of Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Line Of Thunder, herself a daughter of Storm Bird and Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner Shoot A Line.

Shotgun Gulch was bred in Oklahoma by her owner-trainer CR Trout. She is out of the Boston Harbor mare Rosieville, making her a half-sister to Sundayville Break, who was third in a Listed race over 7f at Lone Star Park at three.

Rosieville is a half-sister to Grade 3 Essex Handicap winner Maysville Slew, from the family of Dubai Golden Shaheen scorer Benny The Bull.





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