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Thunderstruck rallies to beat the promising Future Variety (Picture: Wayne Marks) 

The Sean Tarry-trained Thunderstruck capped a fine Summer Season with a courageous victory in the R600 000 Diadem Stakes (Gr 2) over 1200m.

The unexposed Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Future Variety had struck as one with plenty of potential and he was closing strongly in the final 200m.

Future Variety looked to have the momentum to win, but  Thunderstruck had other ideas and digging deep into his reserves he rallied to get the verdict by a neck under Richard Fourie.

Interestingly three previous winners of this race Bereave (2023), Cosmic Highway (2022) and Rio Querari were third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Thunderstruck had four runs in Cape Town this Summer for two Non-Black Type wins, a Gr 1 second and a Gr 2 win.

He runs in the colours of Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud and was bred by by Avontuur Stud.

Mary Slack was on course to lead in her son of Rafeef, who is still an entire and might have a stud career ahead of him.