Durban Thunder Rolls to Victory at Munich

Front-running son of Samum upsets Juddmonte's Famous Name in Grosser Dallmayr-Preis.

Durban Thunder took the lead at the start and never looked back as he cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Ger-I) at Munich July 31.

The son of Samum was dismissed at odds of 10-1 by the betting public, who made Juddmonte Farms’ Famous Name the heavy 4-5 favorite. Famous Name, a 6-year-old son of Dansili, was seeking his first group I victory after having notched 13 wins at the listed and group III level.

Durban Thunder broke alertly and was sent straight to the lead by jockey Terry Hellier. The pair traveled at a good pace as they led the field of six through the early stages of the 10-furlong contest. Russian Tango tracked them in second, with Pat Smullen settling Famous Name into fifth through the early going.

Durban Thunder continued to have things his own way as the field entered the home straight. Famous Name then threw down his challenge, moving from fifth into second with a little over a furlong to go. Famous Name was able to draw to within a couple of lengths, but never seriously threatened Durban Thunder.

Famous Name had to settle for second, with Elle Shadow another two lengths further back in third. The final time for the race was 2:06.39 over a course listed as good.

Torsten Mundry trains Durban Thunder for owners Stall Tinsdal. The 5-year-old horse was bred in Germany by Frau M. Sohl, and is out of Donna Alicia, by Highland Chieftain.