Thunder strikes at Lingfield

Black Thunder staked his big-race claims with victory in the Grade Two RSA Novices' Trial Chase at Lingfield.

Another runner from Paul Nicholls' in-form yard, Black Thunder was sent off the 8-11 favourite and Nick Scholfield was content to track Shotgun Paddy throughout.

He made his challenge approaching the second-last fence, and while Shotgun Paddy put up a good fight, Black Thunder proved too good at the line.